Kuiper commits to New Mexico [Basketball]

July 17, 2013

Dane Kuiper

Before he was even in high school, Dane Kuiper of Wasilla grabbed the attention of college basketball coaches.

Early exposure means everything to players from Alaska. It explains how Kuiper could

pique the interest of so many NCAA Division I schools before his junior season of high school.

But there was something special about the University of New Mexico – so much so that Kuiper has committed to the Lobos, although he won’t be eligible until the fall of 2015.

“He’s a phenomenal athlete with a ton of upside,” his high school coach Ryan Engebretsen told me.

“His first exposure to the University of New Mexico … I took him out as an eighth grader on a summer trip and we played in a team camp down there and they really liked him. They said they were going to keep a really close eye on Dane.”

Kuiper, of Wasilla High fame, averaged 17.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in 14 games as a sophomore. He missed a bunch of games because of a back injury.

The 6-foot-6 guard has transferred to Corona Del Sol High in Arizona.

Kuiper picked New Mexico over reported offers from Oregon State, San Diego State, Cal and Creighton.