Joe Backus will join four other individuals – Brian Kern, Carla Sudenga, Dr. Jerald Tunheim, and Jessica VanLoy – and the 2005-06 Lady T’s basketball squad, as inductees into the 2022 Dakota State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 4, at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.

Backus started his career with the Dakota State University men’s basketball program in 2004-05 after a successful high school career at Chester Area High School. Backus still holds several all-time men’s basketball records at DSU.

He landed on the DAC All-Conference First Team and was listed on the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America Honorable Mention Team in 2005-06. The Dakota State University Athletics Department voted Joe the Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year.

Backus wrapped up his stellar four-year career at DSU in 2007-08 by being voted as the Most Valuable Senior by the league’s head coaches and was named First Team All-Conference for the second straight year.  He was also named to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America Honorable Mention.

Overall, Backus was a three-time DAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference selection (Third Team and First Team twice).  Additionally, he was a two-time NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball All-America Honorable Mention recipient. 

Backus finished his career with 1,564 points, 680 rebounds, and 62 blocks at Dakota State.  He is seventh all-time in scoring, third all-time in rebounding, and third all-time in blocks. His 596 field goals rank seventh all-time in Trojan men’s basketball program history. He also made 354 free throws, ranking him fifth all-time.

The Hall of Fame banquet is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at the door. It will also be live streamed on the Dakota State University Athletics YouTube Page.

The social begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Program will begin around 7 p.m