Pentagon Schoolers, South Dakota Attack announce plans to merge club basketball programs
The two organizations had a combined 32 club basketball teams in the most recent summer season.
SIOUX FALLS — Two of the preeminent club basketball programs in South Dakota are merging, it was announced Wednesday, with the Sanford Power Basketball Academy — which runs the longstanding Pentagon Schoolers program — and South Dakota Attack Basketball joining forces.
A Sanford Health press release said the move is meant to create more opportunities for athletes and raise the level of development and play in the region. Both the Schoolers and South Dakota Attack have offered boys and girls programs in recent years, and the program formerly known as the Dakota Schoolers — which has included Mike Miller, Jared Reiner and Chad Greenway as its alumni — went under the Sanford Pentagon's management in 2017.
South Dakota Attack had its own traveling basketball teams, plus offered the popular Warwick Workouts player skill development practice sessions and camps through the state. Most recently, South Dakota Attack had 12 total teams, with six each in the boys and girls divisions ranging from ages 12 to 17, with Caden Hinker, Matthew Mors, Emma Ronsiek among the program's most prominent alumni. In 2022, the Schoolers had 13 boys teams ranging from 10U to 17U, while there were seven girls teams from the 12U to 17U age groups.
“It’s not every day you have the opportunity to combine two elite and iconic basketball programs and offer this region an unrivaled experience — unparalleled facilities and training plus experienced coaches and directors with an unmatched network of college coaches and recruiters,” said Bill Cartwright, founder and director of South Dakota Attack Basketball, in a statement.
“This is a great move for the state of South Dakota and our athletes to have the two premier programs in the state come together under one roof,” said Freddy Coleman, director of the Sanford Pentagon Basketball Academy, in a statement. “Our goal is to create an experience for athletes that cannot be matched by any other program in our region. Our teams will compete on some of the nation’s biggest stages in AAU basketball that will ultimately create lifelong memories and create exposure at the highest levels."