Collins signs with School of Mines
By Brad Blume
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, of Mandan.
“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, hails from Mandan. Collins is currently in his senior year at Mandan High School where he plays for the Braves. During his junior season, Collins was second in scoring (averaging 12.4 points 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 All-Tournament team.
“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.
“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.”