‘Rockers recruit post player from Spokane
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY ---- The South Dakota School of Mines along with men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry are pleased to announce the addition of new recruit Kyle Turpin to the Hardrocker program.
Turpin is a 6-foot-6-inch post player that will come to SDSM&T as a junior from Spokane Community College in Washington.
“He is a true 6-6 kid with long arms and good feet,” Henry said. “Kyle has a knack for the ball and he is going to shore up our rebounding.”
Turpin played for the SCC Sasquatch the last two years. This past season, the Post Falls, Idaho, native helped his team to a 30-2 overall record and a trip to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College post season tournament where the Sasquatch earned second place.
Turpin averaged just under 10 points a game this past season and was a 62 percent field goal shooter.
“Kyle can step out and hit that 15 to 17 foot shot,” Henry said. “It’s a big deal for our team that he can play at the four or five spot. We will be able to run some high low offense with him while playing big at times next season. With his abilities and size, we will be able to match up better with bigger teams.”
During Turpin’s high school career, he was a first team North Idaho selection, second team IEL selection, a participant for the East and North All State teams and named Gatorade Rookie of the Year as a sophomore.
As a member of the Hardrocker basketball program Turpin will be a solid contributor in the paint both offensively and defensively.
While at the South Dakota School of Mines, Turpin plans to major in Civil Engineering.
“Kyle is a great student and loves being outdoors so naturally the Black Hills and the South Dakota School of Mines were the perfect fit for him,” Henry added.
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