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College Hoops: South Dakota Senior Mason Archambault Turned a Dream Into Reality

Mason Archambault didn’t receiving any offers from Division I schools following graduation from Stevens High School but wouldn’t settle for less. He dreamt of being a division one basketball player like his father, the dream didn’t become a reality as quickly as he had hoped.

During his time at Gilette College, Archambault went from a redshirt to starting point guard, playing in 32 games, while averaging 13.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists his sophomore season. Archambault was garnered as one of the top shooters in all of JUCO, shooting 50% from behind the arc. He was awarded second team all-region 9.

“Never give up on your dreams, it’s not easy at all. There’s always going to be someone just as good as you or better, so you have to outwork everyone. Late nights and early mornings. Everyone is trying to make it to the next level after JUCO so your spot is always up for grabs. Just don’t let anyone outwork you.”  -Mason Archambault (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

Junior Colleges are two-year universities that give student-athletes the opportunity to grow academically and athletically. The junior college route is on the rise, getting more and more competitive each year. They offer student-athletes a chance to fine-tune their skill before entering top four-year programs.

Archambault eventually transferred to the University of South Dakota to complete his collegiate basketball career. In his debut season as a coyote, Archambault played in 20 games averaging 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds with a season-high 17 points against North Dakota State. Additionally, Archambault emerged as one of the top shooters and lock-down defenders for the Coyotes.

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