Trevor Zacher

RAPID CITY --- Transitioning from high school to college sports can be a challenge for student-athletes and always full of change. The level, the speed, practice, strategy and even the length of the game all change. It can be difficult for incoming freshmen to adapt to a new program's philosophies and demands. Sometimes a new player just needs something he can identify with or find something familiar.

South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball newest recruit Trevor Zacher of Beulah, N.D. already has something familiar to help ease his transition - the mascot.

The Beulah Miners are blue and gold with their mascot wielding a pick axe. The Hardrocker mascot (Grubby) also sports a pick axe with similar blue and gold school colors. It's those little details that can give a promising recruit a bit of an advantage.

Zacher is a 6-foot-5-inch guard who has been an outstanding player for the Beulah High School Miners. He has earned all-region and all-district honors for three consecutive years, was the North Dakota State Boys' Basketball Tournament MVP in 2011 and the 2012 Region Player of the Year.

"Trevor can really extend the floor with his ability to shoot the ball from behind the three-point line," said Beulah Miners boys' basketball head coach Jeremy Brandt. "He also brings good size at the shooting guard position and very good explosiveness in the open court."

As a senior Zacher averaged 18.3 points, 6.3 rebounds 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He also has had over 100 three-point goals during his high school career, was a member of the 2011 North Dakota State championship team and helped the Miners win 39 games in-a-row over the past two seasons.

"Trevor is a very impressive player and person. I am excited to have him join the Hardrocker program," said SD Mines men's basketball head coach Jason Henry. "At 6-5 he will certainly create some matchup problems and give him some excellent scoring opportunities. He's an accurate perimeter shooter but will be able to mix things up in the paint as well."

Zacher's outstanding offensive effort is equally matched by a strong work-ethic on the defensive side --- and one of the main reasons for him becoming a Hardrocker.

"He is a unique high school basketball athlete who will get his hands dirty and do the tough things like rebounding, boxing out and just playing defense," Henry added. "Most scoring players forget about the other end of the floor, but Trevor is very competitive at both ends. Definitely a welcome addition to our Hardrocker family."

Zacher not only excels on the hardwood but also is a valuable member of Beulah's baseball and football programs.

"Trevor is a high character kid and a three-sport athlete with a great work ethic and has brought a winning mentality to every sport he has played," Brandt said. "He has been a state champion in basketball and baseball in 2012 as well as an all-state baseball and football player."

While attending SD Mines, Zacher plans to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering and Pre Med.

And as he enters the college ranks, Zacher can breathe a sigh of relief knowing he will make an easy transformation from a Miner into a mighty Hardrocker.

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