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Max Cody reaches career milestone

In a year that has been filled with so much uncertainty, Minot State basketball guard Max Cody has already produced career accomplishments within weeks of the season kickoff. In a loss to St. Cloud State on Jan. 17, Cody become the 17th player in MSU basketball history to eclipse the 1,000th career point threshold. He is the first Beaver to crack 1,000 points since MSU’s all-time leading scorer, Tyler Rudolph, did so between 2014–2018. Entering the game, the 6’1” guard from Australia needed just nine points to reach 1,000 and did so on a three pointer in the second half.

Photo by Joshua Strong

Matt Murken, head coach of the men’s basketball team, has seen Cody grow over his time at Minot State.

“Max has really developed as a player in his four years at Minot State. Coming from Australia, he had a lot of challenges to overcome,” Murken said. “Obviously, he is a long way from home and apart from his family. The game of basketball is played a little differently internationally and that is an adjustment as well.”

Making the adjustment to the new style of play isn’t something Cody could easily pick up on — it took a lot of work from him to do so.

“Max does a great job of studying the game and how we want to play it here at Minot State. That ability to learn the game combined with his work ethic has really paid dividends for him in terms of success,” Murken explained.

Cody didn’t acclimate right away. He faced a few bumps in the road, but that didn’t stop him.

“We knew it would take some time for him to adjust to the differences in play, the rule changes, and the level of play. His first year was up and down, but he was committed to success and the process of growing as a player,” Murken explained.

Cody is the second player to reach his 1,000th point under Murken. Having players reach such a goal is a major accomplishment for the coach as well.

“Career milestones are always a testimony to commitment and work ethic, so I’m happy that he reached a mark that he will look back at someday and be proud of all the effort he put into the game of basketball,” Murken said.

Murken highlighted that Cody is proud of his accomplishment but also knows that he has more to focus on than individual milestones.

Photo by Joshua Strong

“Max is a tremendous competitor. He doesn’t care much about anything other than helping us win basketball games. Our goal, as a program, is to be committed to being the best possible team we can be,” Murken said. This season will be filled with more conference competitions compared to years past due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Beavers have started the year 6-4 and earned wins against conference foes much earlier than they did last year.

Even in a shortened, unorthodox season, Cody will have several more opportunities to climb even higher on the all-time scorer list.

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