Posted On: 10/23/18 9:47 PM

Red Cloud senior guard Alejandro Rama commits to play college basketball at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology next season. We talked with Rama about the process going into the decision. 

Alejandro Rama is the 4th ranked player in the class of 2019 in our SD 2019 Rankings. 

PHD: What made the decision to go and play at SD Mines?

AR: My decision about going to mines was an easy one. I’ve always prioritized education and once I was told full ride I knew where I wanted to be next year. Mines is a very tough school but I’ve wanted to be an engineer since about the sixth grade. School of mines is only an hour and a half away from where I live so I could still make an impact on the lives of the youth in my community while still at college. Lastly, I love basketball. I always have and always will but I was always taught that I need to use basketball as a way to pay for college. After this year I only have four years of basketball then I have the rest of my life ahead of me. Mines will give me and an amazing college basketball experience close to my family and community. It will also set me up for the rest of my years after college.

PHD: Why did you choose them over the other colleges?

AR: I chose SD Mines because I know after college I will be set with a good job and nice life ahead of me. I want to show how important education really is. I’m using basketball to pay for my college. I’m not going to college for basketball and basketball only.

PHD: How excited are you to be going to SD Mines for basketball?

AR: I am super excited. It is going to be another level of basketball and that means a challenge and that is something I invite. I look forward to all the obstacles I will face and the work I will need to put in. Sounds odd but I’m just really excited. I talk to some players and they have some good young guys a grade or two ahead of me. I’m just really excited to be there and make an impact.

PHD: What do you expect out of yourself and the team this final year?

AR: What I am expecting out of me and my time this final year is to be the hardest working team I’ve been a part of. I guarantee I’m going to play harder than I ever have and I’m going to expect that from the rest of my team. I’m going to lead at another level and play at another, but I’m going to expect my team and myself to go our hardest every day. I’m expecting lots of wins and a team that is tough and can shoot the lights out. But it all starts with working hard and that’s what my team and I are doing now.