RAPID CITY – South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball head coach Ryan Larsen is pleased to announce the signing of the two newest Hardrocker women’s hoops recruits to the roster as Macy Ziegler and Michaela Shaklee will join the team as freshman for the 2017-18 campaign.
“Michaela Shaklee and Macy Ziegler are tremendous additions to the Hardrocker women’s basketball program,” Larsen said. “Both Michaela and Macy are excellent students and outstanding people. I am extremely excited that both of them will be suiting up for the Hardrockers next season.”
Ziegler comes to SD Mines as a 5-foot-3-inch point guard from Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. During her high school career, Ziegler has notched the most assists in a season in three consecutive years and was her team’s leading scorer for both her junior and senior years. She is a two-time all-conference first team selection as well as earned all-state honorable mention accolades as a senior.
“I’m very excited that Macy has chosen to join the Hardrocker Family,” Larsen said. “Macy is the definition of a true point guard. She has a very high basketball IQ to run an offense, create for her teammates as well as be a scoring threat by getting to the rim and making jump shots. Her defensive tenacity will allow us to pressure more defensively in the full court. Macy has competed at a very high level in high school throughout her career.”
Ziegler shares the same excitement as her head coach and is anxious to don the Navy Blue and Vegas Gold next season.
“Being a college athlete is awesome, but being a student-athlete at a challenging school like South Dakota Mines is going to be even better,” Ziegler said.
Shaklee will join the ‘Rockers as a 5-foot-6-inch guard from Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colo. She is a two-time winner of her team’s outstanding academic athlete award, two-time academic team captain honoree and a two-time selection to the academic all-state first team.
“I’m extremely happy that Michaela chose to further her education and basketball career at South Dakota Mines. Michaela is a tremendous scoring guard that excels at shooting from the arc. Her ability to shoot and score from the perimeter will be big impact for us offensively,” Larsen said. “Michaela has competed at a very high level of basketball at the high school and AAU level and she has been well coached throughout her career.”
Shaklee has earned first team all-conference honors along with all-state honorable mention accolades during her senior season and second team all-conference honors as a junior.
“I am proud to be a Hardrocker because South Dakota Mines is a prestigious academic school and I am blessed to be the first in my family to have the opportunity to compete in collegiate athletics.”
While attending SD Mines, Shaklee plans to study Applied Biological Science degree.