RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball
program has had a lot of success recruiting talented student-athletes
from North Dakota over the past several years. The Hardrockers have
struck gold again with the recent signing of another hoopster from up
North --- Erron Collins.
"We found another fine young man out of North Dakota," said
Hardrocker men's basketball head coach Jason Henry. "We have brought a
number of guys into our program from up that way and every one of them
has developed into not only a talented basketball player but a
well-rounded person too. I'm pretty excited to add Erron to that list
and see him thrive as a Hardrocker."
Collins, a 5-foot-11-inch point guard who will join the Hardrocker
hoops team for the 2013-14 season, hales from Mandan, N.D. Collins is
currently in his senior year at Mandan High School where he plays for
the Mandan Braves. During his junior season, Collins was second in
scoring (averaging 12.4 a game), first in steals (38) and first in
assists (72) on a squad that finished with a 19-6 overall record and
finished third in the North Dakota State Tournament. Also as a junior,
Collins was an all-conference selection and picked to the WDA Basketball
"Erron is a great young man to coach. Not only is he an exceptional
player, he is just as impressive off the court," said Mandan High School
basketball head coach Jason Horner. "Entering his fourth year on the
varsity team, Erron has taken over the leadership role and has the
respect of both coaches and players. Although he is talented, he works
extremely hard and is a great example to our younger players."
While attending SD Mines Collins plans to pursue a degree in Biology
or Pre Med. Erron's parents both played basketball in college and his
father Eddie coaches basketball in Bismarck, N.D.
"Erron comes from some deep roots of basketball," Henry said. "His
knowledge of the game is exceptional as he has been around it starting
at an early age. As a point guard this will be a huge asset to his
success as a Hardrocker."
SD Mines 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.