Juneau-Douglas High School senior Evan Tromble on Sunday night signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball with NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines.
Tromble, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound all-around player for the 17-10 Crimson Bears, averaged 15.3 points per game, 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He shot 74 percent from the free throw line, 52 percent from the field, and 41 percent from 3-point range. He was a second-team all-state selection by the state's sportswriters and a first-team selection in the Juneau Empire's all-Southeast team.
Tromble played at every position at different times in leading Juneau to its eighth straight region title and a first-round defeat of Wasilla in the state tournament. Tromble said he'll likely play small forward or shooting guard with Colorado.
Tromble said he scouted out schools on his own, sending e- mails and highlight videos to solicit interest from coaches. He chose the Colorado School of Mines because of its engineering program and because of its proximity to relatives in Kansas, Tromble said.
``I played with some of the guys on a trip down there,'' Tromble said. ``They were pretty nice and real helpful. It seemed like a good fit.''
Tromble also looked at Oregon Tech, George Fox University and the University of Guelph, located south of Toronto, but was swayed when the Mines offered a combination athletic-academic scholarship. Tromble, known for his rigorous off-season workouts, also put in his time in the classroom, earning a 3.95 GPA.
The Colorado School of Mines is located in Greely, Colo., and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference - the same conference as Division II national champion Metro State. The Mines finished 12-14 overall and 8-11 in conference last season.
``It's a good school,'' Tromble said. ``I'm glad to have made a decision.''