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    SD Mines MBB: Rockers Add Another Minnesota Recruit To 18-19 Roster

    RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program continues to bolster its roster for the 2018-19 season as Hardrocker head coach Jason Henry recently announced the addition of Damani Hayes to the team. 

    Hayes is a 6-foot-4-inch guard/forward from Mankato, Minnesota, who played his high school ball at Mankato East for the Cougars. During his senior year, Hayes averaged 16.1 points per game and shot 41 percent from the field. 

    “Damani is a strong young man that has guarded the opponent’s best offensive guy in high school and on the AAU circuit,” Henry said. “We will be expecting the same from him as a Hardrocker.” 

    Hayes, who is the all-time leading scorer at Mankato East, has also earned: All-Conference, Academic All-State, Team MVP, MBCA MN All-Star, All-Time Leading Scorer (Mankato East) and Academic All-Conference honors during his high school career. 

    “He is Mankato East’s all-time leading scorer and he has a number of offensive honors to his credit, but what we loved about Damani when we were recruiting him, was his intensity and toughness on the defensive end. Because of those qualities, (Damani) is a great fit for our program.” 

    While attending South Dakota Mines, Hayes plans to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering. 

    “I am proud to be a member of the Hardrocker men’s basketball program because I'll be able to challenge and better myself and play with a great group of guys,” Hayes said.

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