Kalen Garry named Mr. Basketball

Gatorade award donated to De Smet Community Foundation / Weight Room


The honors for De Smet’s Kalen Garry continue to accumulate. Garry has recently been named the Player of the Year by KELOLAND, and Hansen Anderson has selected him as Mr. Basketball. Gatorade has also given Garry $1,000 to donate, and he has chosen the De Smet Community Foundation/Weight Room as the recipient.

On Sun., May 1, Hansen Anderson selected Garry as their Mr. Basketball for the 2022 season. This is the first time a player from De Smet has been selected. Rett Osthus from De Smet was also a candidate for the award, as was Kennadi Buchholz for the Ms. Basketball award.

Garry is a four-time All-Stater and finished the season as De Smet’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 2,093 career points. He averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game this season.

The guard received the honor of the Spirit of Su award at the 2022 Class B Boys Basketball State Tournament. He was the second De Smet student to receive this award. Kennadi Buchholz was the first, receiving her award just a week before Garry was honored.

Garry was selected as the KELOLAND Player of the Year on April 24. This season, Gatorade chose Garry as the 2022 Gatorade’s South Dakota Boys Basketball Player of the Year. In addition to being named the Player of the Year by Gatorade, they have given each athlete $1,000 to donate to a local organization that promotes athleticism.

Garry selected the De Smet Community Foundation and the weight room as the recipient of $1,000.

“I used the weight room my whole high school career, and it has helped me get to where I am today. I would like to help the school and make the donation to them,” said Garry.

With his senior year coming to a close, Garry shared a few thoughts. His favorite high school memories were winning the two state championships in basketball in 2021 and 2022. He enjoyed chemistry the best and found English as one of his most challenging classes. The best part of high school for Garry was being out on the courts with his brothers and teammates.

Next year, Garry will be playing as a Jackrabbit at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

“I'm going to be really busy next year, so I'm going to have little time to get my work done.”

Garry named time management as the biggest challenge he will face in his freshman year of college.

When faced with a tough challenge, Garry says, “Just keep working hard.”

He will be heading to Brookings this summer to work out with the Jackrabbit team in preparation for his first college year playing basketball.


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