Dominic Fairbanks stays local, becomes 1st Panther to commit to Bemidji State since 2007


September 29, 2023

CASS LAKE – Dominic Fairbanks works on his game with his uncle three, sometimes even four times each week.

The latest Cass Lake-Bena boys basketball standout is headed to Bemidji State following his senior season. Getting a chance to play at the Division II level was an opportunity he called a "dream," one he often discussed with his uncle, Brady Fairbanks – the last Cass-Lake Bena graduate to commit to the Beavers. Brady played for BSU from 2007-09 before transferring to Haskell Indian Nations University for his senior season.

"He's the person I train with the most," Fairbanks said of his uncle. "It's pretty cool that we get to share those experiences of going to Bemidji State together. ... Now, for a lot of home games, my family gets to come watch. I'm 15 minutes away from home, so I get to go back to a home-cooked meal once a week. It just means a lot to me and my family."


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