Release Courtesy of Ryan Hilgemann, USD Sports Information
VERMILLION, S.D. – Former South Dakota men's basketball standout Tyler Flack (2012-17) has signed a professional playing contract with the Norrköping Dolphins of the Basketligan, the highest league in Sweden.
The Lakeville, Minnesota, native tallied nearly 1,000 points in his career at South Dakota with an average of 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 101 career games for the Coyotes.
The 6-foot-7 forward helped South Dakota earn its first Summit League Championship his senior campaign averaging 15.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He earned first-team all-Summit League honors following the season.
Flack sat out the 2017-18 professional season to nurse a few nagging injuries from his final year with USD and prepared for the opportunity presented to him with Norrköping. The time away from basketball also helped him complete his degree in kinesiology and sport science.
"I worked on strengthening my leg, working out four times a week in the weight room," Flack said. "I rehabbed three times a week and worked my way back into shooting slowly.
"I completed my internship in Lakeville during this time, which let me earn my degree. That was important."
Many Coyote fans last memory of Flack are of him completing the daunting 540-degree, reverse dunk at the 2017 College Slam Dunk Championship on ESPN.
A 540 dunk? Perfect score. �� pic.twitter.com/K0Nfp9gVHx— ESPN (@espn) March 31, 2017
"That was really cool," Flack said of the experience. "I was surprised to be invited. It was cool to be on the big stage and show my talents.
"Dunking is something that I have been doing since I was probably five when I would dunk on a Fischer-Price plastic hoop and move up to eight foot, nine foot, or however tall it had to be for me to dunk."
Flack's athleticism, well known by Summit League foes and Coyote fans alike, will be on full display with the Dolphins.
"He is very athletic and has a good first step," Norrköping head coach Adnan Chuck said in the Dolphins' announcement. "We see great development potential. Defensively, we see a big strength and he blocks many shots per game. He will provide a lot of defense in many different situations."
Norrköping placed second in Basketligan with a 21-7 record last season.
The Basketligan is the same league Trevor Gruis (2010-14) played in during his first year of professional basketball as a member of Jämtland in 2014-15.
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