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    SD Mines MBB: Rockers Land Highlands Ranch Talent

    RAPID CITY, S.D. --- With a year of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition under its belt, the South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team has been busy this off- season finding talent to build up its roster as the Hardrockers prepare for another exciting season.

    The SD Mines men’s program is well on its way as Hardrocker head coach Jason Henry recently announced the signing of Jack Fiddler as the newest recruit for the 2016-17 campaign. Fiddler is a 6-foot-4-inch forward from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

    Fiddler was a standout player for the Highlands Ranch High School Falcons. As a senior Fiddler was an All-Continental League Second Team selection; was named to the All-South Metro Team; is a three-time Scholar Athlete honoree; named the recipient of the Most Outstanding Falcon Award as a senior; and earned All-Continental Honor Mention accolades as a junior.

    “Jack will be a great addition to the Hardrocker basketball program both as an athlete as well as a scholar,” Henry said. “He has a lot of natural talent to help him transition from high school to the college level.”

    Fiddler averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, three assists and just over one block per game and recorded 13 double-doubles during his senior season.

    “Jack is an extremely hard worker that goes and goes. He is a tenacious rebounder from the wing spot and with a year of getting stronger and putting on weight, we have high expectations for him in our program,” Henry added.

    While attending SD Mines, Fiddler plans to major in Metallurgical Engineering.

    “I’m proud to be a Hardrocker because I have the opportunity to receive a great education and continue playing basketball at a high level,” Fiddler said. “

    Founded in 1885, the SD Mines is a science and engineering research university, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. SD Mines offers challenging curriculum, personal attention, and great internships at a price families can afford. The average starting salary for 2014 graduates was over $63,000 with a 98 percent placement rate.  

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