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“North Dakota Strong”: Hanson signs with South Dakota School of the Mines

Stanley – Stanley Blue Jay senior Kaedyn Hanson has signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the South Dakota School of the Mines Hardrockers.


Kaedyn Hanson dunking against Burke County (Photo by Ian Grande)

Hanson had a strong junior season for the Blue Jays, he finished with All-District and All-Region honors. He also helped guide the Blue Jays to their first state tournament berth in 79 years.

The Hardrocker’s head coach Jason Henry (Minot native) is excited to have Hanson on board and expects him to be a strong contributor in the years to come, “Kaedyn is a big strong guy (North Dakota Strong) that has been coached well around the block,” said Henry. “He posts up extremely hard and has a college frame already.  Playing every day against guys his size in college will help his development at the next level and help him to become an Integral part of the Hardrockers program.”

Kaedyn Hanson Signing

Kaedyn Hanson with parents (Marianne and Kyle), Coach Greg Foster, Stanley Blue Jay Head Coach Kory Anderson, and Stanley Athletic Director Brooks Stafslien

Those thoughts were echoed by Stanley Blue Jay head coach Kory Anderson, “His game is really well suited to thrive at the collegiate level. He already puts in a ton of gym time so being able to work year-round on basketball with collegiate athletes will propel him to a whole new level.”

The high-flying post was also very comfortable playing above the rim. See the following highlight reel featuring Hanson and his cousin Wyatt Hanson (MSUM commit):

Hanson projects well to the next level and South Dakota School of the Mines will provide him a good opportunity to get a strong education and display his talents on the court. “Kaedyn is quick off the ground and runs the floor well for a big guy,” said Henry. “These things and his great work ethic will help him to become a force in the RMAC!”

The Hardrockers compete in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the conference consists of 15 teams from the following states: Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah.

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com

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