By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- After a very productive 2008-09 season in which they finished with a lot of positives and made a push into the post-season, the South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program added another weapon to its arsenal with the signing of Lance Kilburn to the 2009-10 roster.
Kilburn is a 6-foot-4-inch, 185-pound guard from Lawrence, Kan. He played his high school basketball for the Lawrence Lions helping guide his team to the 6A Kansas State Championship game in 2008.
“Lance is a very versatile player and a super competitive kid,” said Hardrocker men’s head basketball coach Jason Henry. “He has the strength, size and maturity that a typical freshman doesn’t.”
During Kilburn’s senior year, he averaged 17 points a game and shot 53 percent from the field. He was 53 percent from three-point range and made 72 percent of his free throws and also grabbed eight rebounds per game.
“Lance is one of those do-everything kind of guys,” said Lawrence High School boys’ basketball head coach Chris Davis. “He’s very versatile for being a guard. He rebounds well and can sit outside and shoot the three. He was our leading rebounder on the team this year (senior season) --- and like I said, he’s a guard.”
At the conclusion of his senior year, the Lions just missed out on a return trip to the state tournament, Kilburn was voted to the All-Sunflower League and All-Area teams. As a junior, Kilburn averaged 13 points per game and was selected the All Area runners-up team.
“He’s a good shooter and does an excellent job of getting to the basket,” Henry said. “He will be able to play a couple of different positions in our system. I���m pretty excited to get that quality for the Hardrockers --- on and off the court.”
Kilburn is also a two-year letter winner for the Lawrence High School baseball program, is a Kansas Honor Scholar and has been on the honor roll for the last four years.
“I’d call (Lance) an Iron Man,” Davis said. “He has a strong will and on the court played all five positions for us. He did everything. He has a real head for the game.”
While attending SD School of Mines, Kilburn plans to take up a major in Mining Engineering and Management.
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Lance Kilburn “He should fit right in (at the School of Mines),” Davis added. “I am excited about his choice and it’s a perfect fit.”
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has a proud heritage of preparing graduates to serve as leaders in engineering and science. At the School of Mines every student has the opportunity to participate in research and test classroom learning through hands-on experience.
The university offers a total of 33 degree programs in engineering and science at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. A public university with approximately 2,000 students, the School of Mines provides award-winning education, research and development in areas of critical need to our nation, and technology-based economic development to our region and state. The School of Mines is located in historic Rapid City, S.D. at the edge of the beautiful Black Hills.
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