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UND senior guard Bentiu Panoam was honored at halfcourt with a framed jersey and posed for a photo with head coach Paul Sather on Senior Night last season.
Panoam, however, has decided to give the Fighting Hawks one more go around. He'll play a second senior season in Grand Forks in the 2021-22 season.
With the NCAA declaring the 2020-21 season won't exhaust a year of eligibility, players and programs have to decide which players want to come back, which players a staff wants back and how to financially grapple with that screwball season.
At UND, the school has asked programs to remain at pre-pandemic funding levels. So a senior can come back, but not at the expense of an inflated budget.
Panoam gives UND an established backcourt option. After sitting on the bench for most of the pre-New Year schedule, Panoam was a major factor for the final 14 games of the season -- averaging 11.9 points per game in that stretch.
Panoam scored 25 and 22 points in a weekend sweep of South Dakota in mid-February. For the year, the 6-foot-2 guard shot 42 percent from beyond the arc, which was five percentage points better than the second-best 3-point shooter (Ethan Igbanugo).
Panoam's return is also key considering UND lost Summit League Freshman of the Year Tyree Ihenacho to the transfer portal in the offseason.
UND also expects to return Igbanugo and Weber State transfer Caleb Nero in the backcourt.
Bruns is S.D. Mr. Basketball finalist
In addition to Panoam, UND might look to play signee Paul Bruns early in his career.
Bruns, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Dakota Valley High School in Sioux City, S.D., was recently named a finalist for South Dakota Mr. Basketball.
Bruns scored 2,204 points in his five years at Dakota Valley, leading the Panthers to a third-place finish in Class A.
In his final game, Bruns scored 37 points in the third-place game against Dell Rapids.
Bruns averaged 27.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 44 points in a loss to Sioux Falls Christian in late January.
-- UND women's basketball transfer Rachel Garvey, a redshirt sophomore guard who played in 16 career games for the Fighting Hawks, has announced she'll transfer to NCAA Division II Northern State. The 5-foot-7 Garvey is a native of Shakopee, Minn.
-- UND soccer player Daisy DeBoer has entered the transfer portal. The junior from the Netherlands played in two games this past season for the Fighting Hawks.
-- Wednesday could bring some basketball recruiting news, considering it's the first day of the spring NCAA signing period. At North Dakota State, men's basketball coach Dave Richman and women's basketball coach Jory Collins have announced a press conference for the afternoon. The name to watch for UND will be Reid Grant of Johnston, Iowa, who has committed to UND but is yet to sign his letter of intent.