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Schock to Hardrockers

West Fargo's Justin Schock, right, shoots past Bismarck Century's Devin Melvie during the first round of the North Dakota Class A State Tournament at the Fargodome in March. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

The South Dakota School of Mines men's basketball program recently announced the addition of new recruit Justin Schock.

Schock is a 6 foot, 9 inch post player from West Fargo, who was a standout athlete for the Packers. He helped his team finish with a 15-9 overall record this season, culminating with a trip to the North Dakota Class A State Tournament in March.

"Justin has a very bright future," Hardrockers men's basketball coach Jason Henry said. "He's an athlete with big, strong legs, he runs the floor well, is good facing up to an opponent and gets better every day with his back to the basket."

During his senior year, Schock averaged 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He shot 54.5 percent from the field and recorded five double-doubles. As a junior, Schock was second on the team from three-point range, sinking 23 on the year, including a high of five in one game.

"He's proven he can shoot the outside shot when he needs to," said Henry, who was named Dakota Athletic Conference Coach of the Year last season. "Not only does he run the floor well, but he can really jump for a big guy."

Schock is fifth all-time in West Fargo history for career field goal percentage (53.2 percent); seventh all-time in field goals in one game (12); and 14th all-time in most rebounds in a game (14).

"Justin has as much potential as any guy in our program," Henry said. "He needs to continue to work on his strength and aggressiveness for the college level, but he has the tools and the body to achieve those goals."

Last season, the Hardrockers finished runner up during the Dakota Athletic Conference finals, losing 75-63 to Black Hills State. South Dakota Mines was 18-13 overall, and had two players (Mike Dietz and Kyle Doerr) earn All-Conference honors. The DAC is a Division II subsidiary of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Schock is a four-year high school academic letter recipient, three-year varsity boys' basketball letter winner, National Honors Society member and Team Scholar Award winner. While attending South Dakota Mines in Rapid City, he plans to pursue a major in chemical engineering.

Blume is the Sports Information Director at South Dakota School of Mines.