By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY – The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program and Hardrocker head coach Jason Henry are pleased to announce the signing new recruit Tanner Friesen to the 2007-08 team.
Friesen is a 6-foot-3-inch shooting guard from Bismarck, N.D., who played for the Shiloh Christian School Skyhawks in Bismarck.
“Tanner is a good shooter,” Henry said. “He is a good player and competed on a team which didn’t have a lot of upperclassmen. He led a young team to the (North Dakota) state tournament last season.”
At the end of his senior year, Friesen averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds a game and shot 46 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.
Friesen was named to his all district, all region and all state teams. During his senior year, Friesen broke the school’s rebounding record of 25 (in a single game) and also scored 35 points in the same game.
“He is a great shooting guard,” Henry said. “But he will have to get stronger. He is skilled now and can score the ball, but you can always get quicker and stronger.”
Friesen participated in the state tournament three out of the four years of his high school career. At the 2007 state tourney, Friesen led all participants in individual scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage and was a unanimous selection to the All-State Tournament Team. He also served as captain of the basketball team both his junior and senior season and was also a captain of the soccer and baseball teams as well as a student council officer.
Friesen plans to major in Mining engineering while attending class at South Dakota Mines.
The Hardrockers are coming off a competitive season that had them finish second in a very difficult Dakota Athletic Conference. They made a nice run in the postseason as well as making an appearance in the DAC tournament title game. They yielded to the eventual NAIA National Runners-up in the Mayville State Comets.
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