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2005-06 Men's Basketball Season Outlook

The 2005-06 Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets stand ready to rebound after a disappointing 2004-05 campaign in which the team failed to qualify for the conference tournament.  The Jackets will be under the direction of first year Head Coach Paul Sather, who was an assistant at University of Colorado in Boulder and Northern State University in Aberdeen before accepting the position.

A major strength for BH should be experience, as six seniors are returning to action.  All six saw significant playing time in their junior year.  These players include postmen Hallard Jackson III (6’7”, from Oakland, CA), Levi Memmer (6’6”, from Buffalo, WY), and Scott Ferguson (6’7”, from Ft. Lupton, CO).  Returning guards are Casey Doolan (6’1”, from Ogden, UT), J.J. White (6’2”, from Phoenix, AZ), and Ammon Bemis (6’5”, from Canby, OR).  Also back will be 6’6” junior guard from Spearfish, SD, Josh Delahoyde, who will be redshirting after off-season ankle surgery.

The Jackets are also excited about newcomers added to the program.  Junior College transfers will have an immediate impact.  New additions include guards Andre Goldberg (5’11”, hometown Boulder, CO) and Jacob Deines (5’10”, hometown Ravenna, NE) from McCook Community College in Nebraska, guard Forrest Dorr (5’11”, hometown Gillete, WY) from Yakima Valley Community College in Washington, guard Jason Koch (5’10”, hometown Thief River Falls, MN) from Northland Community College in Minnesota, and post Shane Hoskins (6’9”, hometown Chapman, KS) from Cloud County Community College in Kansas.  AJ Fodness, a 6’6” forward from Lennox, SD will be the only true freshman on the roster.

Redshirts who will be practicing with BHSU and starting their eligibility in 2006-07 will be Jeremy Delahoyde (6’6”, from Spearfish, SD), Jackson Geisen (6’3”, from Wright, WY), and Luke Bruns (6’1”, from Hecla, SD).

The Yellow Jacket coaching staff will put a strong emphasis on a team attitude and hard work.  Academics and attention to details will also be a key component for this year’s squad.  The Dakota Athletic Conference always boasts an array of talent and the 2005-06 Black Hills State men’s basketball team looks forward to an exciting up-tempo year as they face many new challenges ahead.