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Terry DuPris



The first South Dakota basketball player to score more than 2,000 points both in high school and college, DuPris was a point guard without peer. He scored 2,323 points at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School and 2,084 at Huron College. He still is among the all-time top 10 scorers in South Dakota prep and college history. DuPris was chosen in the ninth round of the NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons in 1980, though he never played in the NBA.

In high school, he was a three-time all-stater. In college, the 6-foot-1, 165-pounder was a four-year starter, playing the last three seasons for his former high school coach, Bruce Carrier. He was a three-time all-South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference performer, twice was league MVP (1979 and '80) and led Huron to two SDIC titles. Huron led the NAIA in defense his final two seasons. At a time before shot clocks and 3-point lines, the Tribe played before capacity crowds at the Huron Arena. South Dakota teams historically fared poorly at the national tourney, but DuPris helped change that. He was an All-American in 1980, leading the Tribe to the Final Four at a time before the NAIA was broken into two divisions. Huron was 32-4 that season as DuPris averaged 19.5 points a game. He was chosen College Men's Athlete of the Year by the S.D. Sportswriters Association. He averaged 18 points a game for his Huron College career. Besides setting the school career scoring record, he set career records for steals (226), assists (431), field goals made (850), free throws made (384) and free-throw shooting (79 percent).

"Terry was one of those players who always was the first at practice and the last to leave," Carrier said. "Not only did he work hard to improve his skills, but he was always there for his teammates to help them with their game."

DuPris led the Great Plains Indians to the national Indian tournament title in 1982. He is a member of the Huron College and SDIC halls of fame.












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