Arvada-Clearmont High School senior Morgan Mines has signed a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Black Hill State University beginning in the 2009-2010 season.

Mines was recruited by several NCAA Division I Universities including Gonzaga, Montana State, Sacramento State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Cal Poly, and San Francisco to name a few.  She believed that signing at Black Hills State University was the best fit for her. 

“None of the other colleges were the right fit for me and I could tell just by talking to them that many of them only cared about me for basketball and not as a person.  It wasn't like that for BHSU or Coach Nore and the rest of the staff. The BHSU staff cared about what I want to do in life and cared about me as a basketball prospect.  The team was awesome and treated me great.  It’s one of the best teaching schools in the area. It's only about 3 hours from house so my parents can come to the games. Having my family so close and able to  watch the games was another huge part of my decision. I love having my family there watching me play. I am so excited about Black Hills and being a Lady Yellow Jacket. I know I made the right decision” said Morgan Mines.

“We’re very excited to have a quality student, athlete and person like Morgan.  She has a great basketball IQ, has all the tools to be a great player.  She’s long, athletic, can play inside/outside and really competes.  We  really like her ability to see the floor and distribute the basketball.  She is very unselfish and a quality person.  She will fit in great with our team and we are very excited to have her” said BHSU Head Coach Mark Nore.
Mines, a 6’0” forward, is in her senior year at Arvada-Clearmont and has been a three-year letter winner in basketball and volleyball.  Morgan is a two time all state basketball and volleyball player, 2 time most valuable team player in basketball and volleyball, Northeast conference player of the year in basketball and volleyball, nominated for the McDonalds All American for the state of Wyoming in basketball, and member of  a state championship team.  One of Morgan’s most memorable moments under the leadership of  Coach Bill Joy was winning the Arvada-Clearmont High School’s first ever state championship game with her sister Monica her sophomore year.
I think Black Hills State will be a good fit for her,” said ACHS coach Bill Joy.  “Just form visiting with coach Nore, it sounds as though he plays the same type of game I have.  She had some offers to play at the Division I schools, which is good, but BHSU was a better fit.”

“Morgan has been a member of a quality program in high school and we feel that her experiences and successes will carry over in college.  We are very excited about Morgan as a player but more excited as a person,” says Coach Nore.