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
“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