By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota
School of Mines men’s basketball
program may be in the middle of
its 2008-09 campaign, but the
Hardrockers are already looking
to strengthen next season’s
roster signing the team’s first
recruit this past weekend at the
King Center in Rapid City.
The SD Mines men’s basketball
team and Hardrocker men’s
head coach Jason Henry are
pleased to announce the signing
of Hot Springs standout Blake
McPherson to the program for
the 2009-10 season.
“Blake is a great student athlete
and a great fit for our program,”
Henry said. “The things we liked
about Blake when we were
recruiting him were his size and his
athleticism. He’s got a frame that
he can add weight to. He’s not
skinny but he still needs to fill out some.”
McPherson is an exceptional athlete that is having an outstanding year for the Bison. A 6-foot-6-inch
wing player, McPherson, individually, is one of the top players in the Black Hills Conference, dominating
on both ends of the court.
“He’s had a few big games against some of the top teams in the Black Hills Conference. He is definitely a
kid that catches your eye when he gets 21 rebounds against Custer or when he scores 25 points and gets
17 rebounds against St. Thomas More,” Henry said. “He’s playing against very good, well-coached teams
and is still getting his double-doubles.”
Henry added the McPherson is averaging nearly 23 points a game this season and is securing close to 16
rebounds each time out.
“He’s very athletic and he shoots the ball very well,” Henry added.
Hardrocker men sign Hot Springs standout McPherson
Hot Springs basketball standout Blake McPherson (sitting right) signed a
letter of intent Saturday to play basketball for the South Dakota School of
Mines Hardrockers staring in the 2009-10 season. Pictured with Black are
Hardrocker men’s basketball coach Jason Henry (sitting left) and back row,
from the left, are: Bison boys head basketball coach Kim Henningson and
parents DeElda and Sande McPherson. Photo by Brad Blume
McPherson is a three-year Bison basketball starter, was selected to Black Hills Conference Honorable
Mention list for 2008 and was also named Academic All State for football in 2008.
Along with excelling at basketball, McPherson is also a National Honor Society Member, a student
government class representative, Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, Youth Alive member, and
active in the Hot Springs Wesleyan Church and Youth group.
“It’s always nice to get good local talent to come to the School of Mines,” Henry said. “I’m excited to
have another local guy on the team that we think can help us.”
The Hot Springs boys team is currently 3-5 on the season and has had a tough go of it the last couple of
seasons. Henry feels that McPherson may is a little under-the-radar and that the Hardrockers grabbed a
high quality kid that has a lot of potential.
While attending SD Mines, McPherson is planning to study engineering.
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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