Brian Orr

   RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program signed its first recruit of the 2014-15 hoops season. Hardrocker men’s head coach Jason Henry announced Thursday that Brian Orr, a senior at Dakota High School in Macomb, Mich., as the newest student-athlete to join the ‘Rocker basketball family.

 “Brian has great potential to be a Div. II talent and we are fortunate to be welcoming him to the SD School of Mines,” Henry said.

 Orr is a 6-foot-5-inch guard who averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game and as a senior led the state of Michigan in three-point percentage (.580) and now holds the all-time Dakota High School record for three-point percentage and free throw percentage. Orr is also ranked third all-time in school history for defensive rebounds and fourth all-time in total rebounds.

“At 6-5, 200 pounds, Brian has a college-ready body with a great base to work with as well,” Henry said. “With his quick release and athleticism we expect big things from him --- not only down the road, but immediately in our program.”

Orr’s high school basketball head coach, Paul Tocco, felt Orr would be a great fit for SD Mines and moving to the next level is something his star player is ready for.

“Brian's goal has always been to play college basketball,” Tocco said. “He has focused himself on becoming a better player through offseason workouts, weight room and after practice. Brian has earned this athletic and academic achievement through hard work. I have no doubt he will be successful at the college level.”

As a senior Orr earned All-Conference First Team honors and All-County First Team honors. He was also named to the ‘Tier 1’ All-State Honorable Mention list and awarded MVP by his team and received All-Academic honors as well as named All-Offensive team honoree twice. In addition, Orr was a three-year starter, a team captain and aided his team to a district championship.  

“Brian played ‘Tier 1’ big school basketball in Michigan, so he has been playing against top notch talented kids as a three-year-starter on a very well coached team,” Henry said. “We look for Brian to not only play as a true freshman but also be a key guy for our success.”

While attending SD Mines, Orr plans to major in Industrial Engineering.




Jaisean Jackson

RAPID CITY --- South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry is pleased to announce the signing of the newest Hardrocker student-athlete recruit, Jaisean Jackson from Centennial, Colo.

Jackson is a 6-foot shooting guard who played his prep ball for the Eaglecrest High School Raptor and helped his team to a 19-7 overall record and were ranked fourth in the state of Colorado during his senior year.

“We are very excited to have Jaisean in our program. He will be a combo guard. He has the ability to play the point but right now he is more comfortable at the off-guard position,” Henry said. “He can break guys down off the dribble and score at the basket but is also able to knock it down from behind the arch.”

In his final season of high school hoops, Jackson averaged 13.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He shot 50 percent from the field and made good on 32 percent of his attempts from the three-point range.

“He’s pretty athletic and can do a number of different things on the offense and defensive ends. We are looking for bright things in the future for Jaisean in the Hardrocker men’s basketball program,” Henry added.

While attending South Dakota School of Mines, Jackson plans to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering.






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