GF’s LaDue Commits To UND

Another member of the 2010 Grand Forks Central state championship team has committed to UND.

A few months after Luke Johnson pledged, defenseman Paul LaDue has given a verbal commitment to play for the Sioux.

LaDue currently plays for the Lincoln Stars and the current plan is for him to come to college in 2013.

LaDue is off to a great start in his rookie year in the USHL and attracted a bunch of WCHA recruiters. St. Cloud State, MSU-Mankato and Bemidji State all offered the defenseman, but he chose UND.

“Growing up in Grand Forks, I always wanted to play for the Sioux and put on that UND jersey,” LaDue said. “It’s a good opportunity hockey-wise and being at home obviously is nice.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman graduated from high school in 2011, playing his senior year with Alexandria in the NAHL. He went to Lincoln this fall and has 10 points in 15 games so far. He’s the fifth-leading defenseman scorer in the USHL right now.

LaDue is the latest to take the path from Grand Forks high school to Lincoln to UND. Others include Andy Schneider, Robbie Bina, Phil Lamoureux, Nick Fuher and Luke Johnson (2013 recruit).