South Dakota State Tabbed #SummitMBB Preseason Favorite

South Dakota State Tabbed #SummitMBB Preseason Favorite

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State was picked as the favorite to win the 2017-18 Summit League Men's Basketball Championship according to the annual preseason poll of league coaches, SIDs and media. The Jackrabbits, last season's league tournament champion, garnered 339 points, including 13 first-place votes, to finish atop the poll.

Regular season champion South Dakota totaled 327 points and received 12 first-place votes to finish second. North Dakota State finished third ahead of Fort Wayne, which had the remaining first-place tally, and Denver.

SDSU junior forward Mike Daum, the reigning Summit League Player of the Year, was tabbed the preseason pick for the award. Daum is the nation's leading returning scorer after averaging 25.1 points per game in a 2016-17 campaign that culminated in Associated Press All-American (honorable mention) honors.

Joining Daum on the top preseason team are three players who earned 2016-17 first team honors in Fort Wayne's John Konchar, North Dakota State's Paul Miller and South Dakota's Matt Mooney. Denver's Daniel Amigo, a second team all-league selection last season, and Oral Roberts' Albert Owens, an honorable mention all-league pick a year ago, round out the first team.

The second team includes 2017 Freshman of the Year Emmanuel Nzekwesi (Oral Roberts) and Denver's Joe Rosga, an honorable mention all-league selection last season.

Additional preseason notes about Summit League Men's Basketball …

  • The preseason favorite has won at least a share of the regular season title in all but six of the past 18 years
  • South Dakota State has won the regular season or tournament title in five of the past six seasons
  • SDSU's Mike Daum is the nation's leading returning scorer from last season and his 25.1 points per game were the most by a Summit League player since 2011-12
  • Three-of-five Summit League award winners return from last season: Daum (2017 Player of the Year), USD's Matt Mooney (2017 Transfer of the Year) and ORU's Emmanuel Nzekwesi (2017 Freshman of the Year)
  • The Summit League finished 14th, a new all-time high mark, among the 32 D-I leagues in the USA Today Jeff Sagarin Rankings
  • The Summit League sent at least three teams to postseason play for the sixth consecutive season and has advanced a team in three of the past four seasons
  • The 2017 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament set attendance records for overall attendance (39,912) and individual session (11,235)
  • According to KenPom, The Summit League led the nation in six categories: efficiency (110.8), tempo (71.9), effective FG% (54.2), turnover % (16.3), 3P% (39.6) and FT% (74.2)
  • The Summit League's annual Media Day teleconference is Wednesday, Oct. 11
  • Regular season play commences Nov. 10 and the 14-game double round-robin league schedule begins Dec. 30
  • The 2018 Summit League Men's Basketball Championship is March 3-6 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL

2017-18 PRESEASON POLL

Place

Team

Points (1st)

1.

South Dakota State

339 (13)

2.

South Dakota

327 (12)

3.

North Dakota State

246

4.

Fort Wayne

234

5.

Denver

230

6.

Omaha

124

7.

Oral Roberts

104

8.

Western Illinois

60

 

Preseason Player of the Year: Mike Daum, South Dakota State

First Team

Name

School

Pos.

Year

'16-17 Stats
(ppg / rpg / apg)

Daniel Amigo

Denver

C

Sr.

15.5 / 7.1 / 1.4

Mike Daum

South Dakota State

F

Jr.

25.1 / 8.1 / 1.4

John Konchar

Fort Wayne

G

Jr.

14.9 / 8.7 / 3/8

Paul Miller

North Dakota State

G

Sr.

16.7 / 5.2 / 1.8

Matt Mooney

South Dakota

G

Jr.

18.6 / 4.5 / 2.1

Albert Owens

Oral Roberts

C

Sr.

17.4 / 5.6 / 0.9

Second Team

 

Name

School

Pos.

Year

'16-17 Stats

Trey Burch-Manning

South Dakota

F

Jr.

9.2 / 6.6 / 1.2

Emmanuel Nzekwesi

Oral Roberts

F

So.

9.8 / 6.4 / 1.1

Joe Rosga

Denver

G

Jr.

15.3 / 4.1 / 3.2

Bryson Scott

Fort Wayne

G

Sr.

16.1 / 5.0 / 2.3

Reed Tellinghuisen

South Dakota State

G/F

Sr.

11.7 / 4.7 / 1.7

ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League finished with an all-time best No. 14 Sagarin Rating, achieved its sixth consecutive league top-20 RPI finish. The Summit League sent three teams to the postseason for the sixth straight year, highlighted by the deepest postseason tournament run since 2012. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships again posted record-setting attendance figures, posting new marks for overall and session attendance. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.

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