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Mitchell’s Gavin Soukup will join the South Dakota Mines – Mitchell Republic men’s basketball program

MITCHELL – Gavin Soukup is heading west.

After contemplating his college choice throughout the 2023-2024 academic year, the recent basketball graduate from Mitchell High School ended up at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.

South Dakota Mines men’s basketball officially announced Soukup’s signing on May 15. Soukup plans to study business management in technology.

Ahead of the Class AA postseason, Soukup told the Mitchell Republic he would choose between Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty after the season ended. However, the Kernels’ march to a state championship caught the attention of another suitor.

“Everyone wants winners,” Soukup said. “With Mitchell winning (the state title), there were a lot of eyes on us. And I played really well – that was the best basketball I think I played all season – so that was a great way to end it.

The 6-foot-1 senior guard scored 17.3 points and 4.7 assists per game over three days in Sioux Falls to help lead MHS to a state championship. For the season, Soukup averaged 12.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, earning Class AA all-state second-team recognition.

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Mitchell’s Gavin Soukup (12) shoots a three-pointer over a Thunder Basin (Wyo.) defender during a Hoop City Classic boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, at the Corn Palace.

Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

“To be honest, before last season, I was a little bit wondering if I was going to play basketball at the college level and if I really wanted to,” Soukup said. “Especially with the excitement of winning a state championship, I felt like I had to do that. It’s definitely a big part of me.”

Soukup also credits Allan Bertram, his summer AAU coach at Sacred Hoops Basketball Academy (of which Bertram is also a founder), for helping Soukup connect with the Hardrockers’ coaching staff. Bertram coached at Rapid City Central High School before taking his current position as head women’s basketball coach at Mount Marty.

South Dakota Mines is an NCAA Division II institution that participates in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Last season, the Hardrockers men’s basketball program finished with an overall record of 11-17.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Soukup said. “I really like the coaching staff, and when I went to play there, it felt like home. That made it a pretty easy decision.”

Landon Dierks

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics in the Mitchell Republic’s coverage area. His areas of interest include: Mitchell High School football and boys basketball; area high school football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and track and field; and South Dakota State football. He is also spearheading Mitchell Republic’s podcasting efforts. Dierks is a native of Mitchell and graduated from South Dakota State University in May 2020 with his bachelor’s degree in journalism. In August 2021, he joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff. He can be reached at [email protected] and found on Twitter at @LDierksy .

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