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Ervin Healed, UMD Begins Early Practices

Updated: 08/20/2014 11:22 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 11:19 PM WDIO.com
By: Eyewitness Sports

Duluth, Minn. - He gets another shot at at his senior season with the UMD Bulldogs. Sx-foot-seven inch center Brett Ervin was named the NSIC's North Division Preseason Player of the year In 2013, but he injured his knee and missed all of last season.

But, that wasn't the end of his college career as Ervin is back on the floor with the Bulldogs. He averaged over 16 points per game two seasons ago at UMD and his return gives the Bulldogs a strong scoring combo with his roommate, senior guard Reece Zoelle, who averaged over 16 points last season. Ervin's injury was a meniscus tear, but he says the knee feels good.

"It is fully recovered and the training staff did a great job with rehab all through last year and I did some stuff over the summer to help it too and so, it feels great," says Ervin.

Ervin and the Bulldogs are practicing early this year, in more ways than one as they have been starting t about 6:00 a.m. for most of their sessions, which tipped-off on Monday. UMD gets 10 preseason practices. That is because every four years, the NCAA allows for an international preseason opportunity and the Bulldogs will go to Thunder Bay, Ontario and face Lakehead University three times over a two-day stretch. They will even play by FIBA international rules.

"It is very budget friendly for us and gives us the opportunity to experience something different and for us, the most important thing is that we get ten days in Duluth with practice and with bonding," says UMD Head Coach Matt Bowen.

Brett Ervin, UMD senior center

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