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RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team will be getting some big-time help in the paint next season. Head coach Jason Henry recently announced the signing of 6-foot-10-inch Tristan Von Nieda as the newest Hardrocker for the 2015-16 season.

Von Nieda is a center from Fort Collins, Colo., who helped Fort Collins High School to 17-7 won-loss record and 11-1 conference mark during his senior season while winning the Front Range Conference. In his final year, Von Nieda averaged 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

“We love 6-10 guys with 34 ACT scores coming to our institution and basketball program,” Henry said with a smile. “We look forward to what Tristan will bring to our school academically and look forward to working with him on the court.”

Von Nieda was named the Front Range Conference First Team, was a Colorado High School Activities Association Third Team All-State selection, was a four-year letter winner, and was the Fort Collins High School all-time rebounding leader.

“We have high expectations for Tristan on and off the court,” Henry added.

Von Nieda plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering during his time at SD Mines.

“We have high expectations for Tristan on and off the court,” Henry added.Von Nieda plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering during his time at SD Mines.

Hardrocker Basketball adds transfer from Italy

RAPID CITY S.D. --- South Dakota School of Mines and men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry is pleased to announce the signing of Marco Pascolo as the newest member of the Hardrocker men’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season.  

Pascolo is a 6-foot-7-inch forward originally from Udine, Italy. He has played the last two years with North Platte Community College in Nebraska for the North Platte Lancers.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Marco to the Hardrocker Family,” Henry said. “He has a great work ethic and an excellent basketball mind that will be a big asset to our team.”

During his time in Nebraska, Pascolo became an integral part of the Lancers’ success. As a freshman, he averaged 11 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and connected for 51 three-point field goals. Pascolo improved on those numbers his sophomore season, averaging 11 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while making 53 three-pointers.

“Marco is a ‘Stretch-4’ who can not only knock down the three, but is also be a great rebounder and passer,” Henry added.

Pascolo led his team in total rebounds and blocked shots this past season helping the team to a 24-9 record and a Final Four berth in the NJCAA Region IX Tournament. Pascolo was also named to the NCCAA First Team for the 2014-15 season.

While attending South Dakota Mines, Pascolo plans to pursue in Electrical Engineering.

Hardrocker Men's Hoops Solidify Roster With Guard From Sweden

 RAPID CITY ---- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program continues to fortify its roster for the 2015-16 season with a number of solid off-season signings. The Hardrockers added another top recruit Thursday when head coach Jason Henry announced the addition of Anton Almqvist.

Almqvist is a 6-foot-5-inch guard from Kinna, Sweden. He spent his junior year as an exchange student who played high school hoops for the Greeneville Green Devils in Tennessee.

During his season at Greeneville, Almqvist was selected to the District 2-AA, Region 1-AA and All-Conference All-Tournament Teams and earned the Greeneville High School 100 Percent Award.  Almqvist returned to Sweden, where he was plagued with injuries during his senior season.

 “I am very excited to have Anton as part of our Hardrocker Family,” said Henry. “We are looking forward to what he can do on and off the court for us. He’s a 6-5 guard that can really get to the basket. He shoots the ball well and is a very athletic player. We are anxious to see some of the things he can do on the offensive side of the ball, but more importantly he is a solid defender and will fit in well with our team’s style of play.”

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


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