Devine signs with S. Dakota State (Basketball)

November 9, 2011

The high school basketball season hasn’t started yet, but all-state senior Connor Devine already knows where he’s going to college.

The player-of-the-year candidate took advantage of the first day of the NCAA Early Signing Period by signing his letter of intent with South Dakota State University, a NCAA D1 member of the Summit League.

Devine, of Wasilla High fame, plans to enroll in the fall of 2012.

“We’re very pleased to sign Connor, because he is exactly what we need in the future,” head coach Scott Nagy said in a press release. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a shot blocker like Connor. He’s extremely long and very quick off of his feet with great anticipation. He may need a year to put on some weight, but we believe he’ll be a big factor in the middle for years to come.”

Devine is a 6-foot-9, 185-pound starter for the Class 4A Warriors. Last season as a junior he was named conference player of the year and first team all-state after averaging 15.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game.

As a sophomore he went for 13 and 9 en route to earning third team all-state honors.

Devine will be the second Alaska men’s player to hoop it up in the Summit League, joining Damen Bell-Holter of Oral Roberts University.