Young South Dakota Mines men’s basketball team preparing for upcoming season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Last year, the South Dakota Mines men’s basketball team had its first winning season since 2013.
The Hardrockers finished 17-13 and made it all the way to the semifinals of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
But things will look a bit different this season for the Hardrockers.
Six of the top seven players for South Dakota Mines have either graduated or transferred to Division I schools.
That means it will be rebuilding year for the Hardrockers.
In fact, South Dakota Mines will have a brand new starting five this season.
Leading the way will be Will Dickson and Alejandro Rama who both saw valuable minutes last year.
“Obviously we did graduate a good group of guys,” SD Mines men’s basketball coach Eric Glenn said. “But at the same time, we’ve got some good young guys that we really like. They just need to get some experience and continue to keep developing. It’s probably going to be a little bumpy in the beginning. But that’s okay because we think we have the right guys. it’s just going to take some time.”
The South Dakota Mines men’s basketball team will be young this year with nine freshmen and three sophomores on the roster.
Although the Hardrockers are short on experience this season, they make up for it with their size.
“We’re a big team,” Glenn said. “We’ve got good size. Not only in the post but also in our guard positions. So hopefully that is something that can be a benefit to us. But this team I think, you’ll see some big strides at times with them just because we are so young. As they get experience and kind of start figuring things out a little bit. Especially after our first two games, the difference between our first two and our next two games will be pretty big.”
South Dakota Mines opens the men’s basketball season on Friday, Dec. 4 on the road against Colorado School of Mines.
Then the Hardrockers will play at Regis University on Dec. 5.