"I chose North Dakota State over other offers from Charleston Southern, Florida A&M, Coastal Carolina, Florida Southern, Belmont Abbey and UMKC," Florida guard Tyson Ward said to the BisonReport Monday evening. "I can't really remember when NDSU offered, but I'm happy to be committed to them now. I haven't visited NDSU yet, but I take my official visit there in a few weeks on March 20th. I decided on North Dakota State as the coaches there make me feel very comfortable. They made me feel at home and I wasn't even there yet, so that was big for me."
The Bison coaches were sure to make Ward a huge priority.
"I've been talking a lot with coach Jayden Olson and head coach Dave Richman," Ward explained to the BisonReport. "Their message to me as been while NDSU might be cold, but the people on campus there are warm. They want to use me at the two / three spot as they love my length and basketball IQ. They like my ability to play in multiple positions on the court and the versatility that I'll bring."
Ward is confident in his abilities to make an impact for NDSU.
"I think my biggest strength as a player is my ability to play hard on both ends of the court, plus my basketball IQ," Ward explained. "I feel those are the most important because those have to do with heart and how much you think and love the game. My family is also behind me on my commitment and they love it. I decided to make the decision today and not on my official visit because the Bison coaches made me feel home was never too far away/ Even when I'm not home in Tampa, I'll be home there at NDSU."
Ward has a message for Bison fans.
"I want them to know that I'm looking forward to coming to Fargo and I'm proud to be a part of the Bison family and be a part of greatness."