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Lightly recruited out of high school in Oregon, Taylor Braun has become a star player for the Bison. Braun’s only scholarship offer came from North Dakota State. (Dave Wallis / Forum News Service)

Braun’s long road leads to stardom


It was last summer sometime when Taylor Braun contacted the best player to ever put on a North Dakota State men’s basketball uniform. There was one stipulation, said Ben Woodside: Be there at 6 a.m.

That’s the time of day when Woodside, currently playing professionally in Italy, started his offseason workouts at the Bison Sports Arena.

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.