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14 basketball greats to be honored at 2022 SDIC Hall of Fame event

The 2022 SDIC Basketball Hall of Fame class will be honored on April 2 in Madison, with a time and date for the induction ceremony event to be announced.

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Former schools in the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference were on display on Oct. 27, 2021 in Mitchell during an induction ceremony for former basketball greats from the conference
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic
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MADISON, S.D. — Fourteen more honorees will be recognized by the organization that is honoring the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference’s best basketball players later this year.

The 2022 SDIC Basketball Hall of Fame class will be honored on April 2 in Madison, with a time and date for the induction ceremony event to be announced. The class includes Dakota Wesleyan basketball greats Chris Miller, a 1975 DWU graduate, and Dan Duffy, a 1983 graduate.

For a second straight class, all of the members were involved in men’s basketball. The hall of fame is an extension of the conference’s original hall of fame, which honored players from all sports over the conference’s 83-year history until it ceased operations at the end of the 1999-2000 season, giving way to the Great Plains Athletic Conference and the defunct Dakota Athletic Conference.

Miller, a four-year starter for the Tigers from Stickney, scored 1,863 points and had 1,363 career rebounds while at DWU. He was a three-time all-conference pick for the SDIC during his career from 1971-1975 and was the South Dakota men’s college athlete of the year for 1975.

Duffy, who grew up in Fort Pierre, scored 1,746 career points in a Tiger uniform. He was a sharpshooter for the Tigers in an era in which the three-point line first arrived in college basketball, hitting 10 3-pointers in a game which was a school record until Trae Bergh broke the mark in 2015 by hitting 12 3-pointers. Duffy was a three-time all-conference player and the NAIA’s 1983 student-athlete of the year.

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The SDIC’s induction committee includes Myron Moen, Jim Schlekeway, Randy Fletcher, Mac Rops and Cliff Anderson. For more information or questions, contact Anderson by email at cjanderson1950@gmail.com or call 253-318-7487 and leave a message.

The following former players will be recognized in the 2022 event. They are listed by name, graduating year or years of coaching, hometown and school:

  • Chris Miller, 1975, Stickney, Dakota Wesleyan
  • Dan Duffy, 1983, Fort Pierre, Dakota Wesleyan
  • Jesse Dana, 1997, Spearfish, Black Hills State
  • Josh McNames, 1999, De Smet, Black Hills State
  • Stacy Finkbeiner, 1989, Belle Fourche, Black Hills State
  • Mike Olson (coach), 1990-99, Tomahawk, Wis., Black Hills State 
  • Mike Peterreins, 1976, Lamberton, Minnesota, Dakota State
  • Jason Smidt, 2000, Brookings, Dakota State 
  • Paul Park, 1979, Dell Rapids, Dakota State 
  • Matt Geiver, 2000, Sioux Falls, Mount Marty
  • Aaron Kranz, 1999, Watertown, Mount Marty
  • Derek Knapp, 1993, Rapid City, South Dakota Mines and Technology
  • Dave Becker, 1987, Kenosha, Wis., South Dakota Mines and Technology
  • Jim Benjamin, 1986, Billings, Mont., South Dakota Mines and Technology
Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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