SD Mines Men’s Basketball: 5 Things to Know for the 2022-23 season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Mines men’s basketball team is coming off a season that saw a lot of growing pains with one of the youngest squads in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
But with that, came valuable experience.
So this year, the Hardrockers are hoping that experience will lead to more success this season.
Here are five things to know about the SD Mines men’s basketball team for this season.
What does the Hardrockers roster look like?
The South Dakota returns all five starters this year. However, Alejandro Rama will miss the first semester and could be back with the team by Christmas time.
Leading the Hardrockers this year include senior forward Kolten Mortensen, Brevin Walter, Keagen Smith, Brannagh Walsh, Jaxon Lloyd and Kolton Frugoli.
However, head coach Eric Glenn expects several younger players to step up and play major roles this year.
“At our small forward position, we kind of got a two-headed monster there right now,” said head coach Eric Glenn . It’s a pretty good battle between Bryce Sherrell and Kyle Harris who’s a new player for us from Phoenix College. Those guys are battling for those minutes and at the same time, they’ve been able to combine together and be really solid at that spot for us. Also coming off the bench, we have Trase Olsen who’s played some good minutes for us. He’s been very good defensively for us. He’s a third year player. Knows the system well.”
The Hardrockers are projected to finish 11th in the RMAC.
South Dakota Mines finished 8-14 in the RMAC last year and 10-18 overall.
This season, the Hardrockers are projected to finish 11th in the RMAC preseason men’s basketball poll.
SD Mines looks to improve in several areas including turnovers.
Coach Glenn would like his team to improve in several areas including rebounding and turnovers. So far this season, the Hardrockers are turning the ball over on average, 18 times per game.
“Well number one for us going into the year was to be better with the turnovers, ” said Glenn. “We haven’t quite done that yet. That’s something we still got just keep focusing on. We have to take care of the basketball and do a better job with that. 11 “Then we just want to be better finishers in the paint. Last year we put a big thing on points per shot especially in the paint. Already with right now, we are above that number of where we were last year. We want continue to keep growing on that as well.”
The Hardrockers are off to a tough start this season.
The season is only a few weeks old. But so far, the Hardrockers are 0-4.
SD Mines only has two non-conference games remaining.
The Hardrockers will host MSU-Billings on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. and Black Hills State on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
SD Mines was only scheduled to play Black Hills State once this season.
When the RMAC first released the 2022-23 season, there was only one game scheduled between SD Mines and BHSU.
So the schools added a second game for both the men and women.
Their first meeting on Nov. 28 will be a non-conference game, while the contest on Jan. 24 will count in the RMAC standings.