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Kindred's Karson Ouse commits to UND basketball team – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – Although Karson Ouse of Kindred was a North Dakota State football fan as a child, he has attended a few games to support UND's basketball team.

His last visit was on February 3, when UND forward Amar Kuljuhovic scored the game-winning layup in front of a packed crowd at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to defeat the Bison 60-58.

“The atmosphere at that game was incredible,” said Ouse. “It just made me want to play there.”

This became a reality on Friday when the 6-foot-8 winger signed up for the Fighting Hawks' 2025 class.

Ouse began talking to UND and coach Paul Sather before his junior season. He hoped to commit to a program before the start of his senior year, but “wasn't sure it was going to happen that quickly,” he said.

But the opportunity to join UND allows Ouse to represent North Dakota, and that's something he's excited about.

“It's special to play for your home state,” he said, “and wear North Dakota on your chest.”

Ouse said the improvements on campus and the opportunity to play at Betty helped him make his decision.

“(The coaches are) so committed to the players,” Ouse said. “Not just on the field, but off it as well.”

Ouse helped Kindred, the top team in North Dakota during the regular season, return to the North Dakota Division A state championship game as a junior this year. It was Kindred's third state championship appearance in four years.

Kindred's Karson Ouse runs onto the court during the start of the North Dakota Division A boys basketball title game on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the Fargodome.

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Kindred lost to Devils Lake, ending its chance at a perfect season. Ouse was named to the All-Tournament team following the championship game.

“I was part of a lot of winning teams and went to some big games with the team in high school,” Ouse said. “College is a whole different ball game though. There's not much you can do to prepare for such a high level other than doing it.”

Ouse will join a program that has promising prospects after an 18-14 overall record and 10-6 in the Summit League, UND's first successful season under Sather.

The Hawks are signing freshman Greyson Uelmen, who won a Minnesota state title with Minnetonka, this season. He will join transfers Reggie Thomas, Dariyus Woodson and Mier Panoam.

Treysen Eaglestaff, Eli King and Kuljuhovic are returning regulars from last year’s team.

Abby Sharpe

Abby Sharpe has covered regional prep and University of North Dakota athletics for the Herald since July 2023. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in sports journalism. She loves '90s sitcoms, historical novels and Quentin Tarantino movies. Readers can reach Abby at asharpe@gfherald.com.

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