Boys basketball: Monarch’s Beauchamp commits to Black Hills State

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Monarch’s Ben Beuchamp, seen here in action last season against Boulder, will continue his career at Black Hills State.

Ben Beauchamp is so jazzed for basketball season that he is making sure to eliminate any peripheral distractions before it starts up next month.

The first order of business for the Monarch sharpshooter was to secure his plans for the next level. So earlier this month, the senior committed to Black Hills State, a Division-II program based in Spearfish, S.D. that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The process was quick after the Yellow Jackets first contacted him over the summer.

“I liked the campus and I had a great connection with the coaching staff,” Beauchamp said. “It’s a great opportunity for me because the RMAC is a great league and I’ll get a lot of opportunities for early playing time, which is really important to me.”

Beauchamp, who averaged 17.9 points for the Coyotes last season, also considered Colorado College but said he was “mostly locked in with Black Hills State.”

“I really liked the coaches at Colorado College, but in the end, Black Hills State was the best fit for me,” said Beauchamp, who also stars for the Colorado Chaos D1 Ambassadors in the summer.

The 6-foot-2 shooting guard was at the forefront of a Monarch squad that took many by surprise last season with a 19-6 mark and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals. The Coyotes largely lived on the perimeter and the strength of their guards, and they return three of their top outside threats in Beauchamp, Jay MacIntyre and Kyle Billingsley.

Monarch coach Ken Niven returns four of his five starters from last season. The Coyotes open the season Dec. 3 at Standley Lake.

“We’re expecting a lot out of ourselves, and we’re buying in from Day 1 because we know we can do something special this year,” Beauchamp said. “We just have to put the work in and anything can happen.”

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