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Published July 26, 2012, 09:41 PM

Former Bison starts a new journey playing the sport he loves

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Ben Woodside has traveled the world playing the sport he loves. NDSU's all-time leading scorer thought he landed in the best spot possible last summer signing with a Slovenian team in the EuroChallenge, the top league in Europe. But then a hard reality hit when the team stopped paying him.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Ben Woodside has traveled the world playing the sport he loves. NDSU's all-time leading scorer thought he landed in the best spot possible last summer signing with a Slovenian team in the EuroChallenge, the top league in Europe. But then a hard reality hit when the team stopped paying him.

Ben Woodside: "It was extremely challenging when you're playing twice a day or you’re practicing twice a day and financially it's not showing up for you. I did that for about four months, and it got to the point and told my agent I couldn’t do this anymore, we need to find a place to go."

Woodside found a new home in the Republic of Georgia and thrived, leading his new team to a championship racking up 20 points and 8 assists in the title game.

Ben Woodside: "The coach really let us Americans go. There were no restrictions, no holding us back. So, if you look at the American stats, you can sure tell that he let us play, and obviously I like that."

After the season, Woodside had the opportunity to sign with whoever he wanted. A Turkish team in Ankara offered him a deal, which he signed earlier this week. When asked about his dream of playing in the NBA, he has a different perspective.

Ben Woodside: “I believe I've become more of a European type player, as far as running the point and trying to find different ways to score, rather than what I did in college. For me it would be extremely difficult to get to the NBA. I’d haave to go to Summer League. I’d have to make the training camp cuts. I’m the type of player that wants to play. Financially, over in Europe it's great for basketball. I enjoy playing, so spending time in different countries in Europe, you can’t beat that while playing the game you love.”

Woodside tells me it's a one year deal for his new team in Turkey.

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