ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Jordan Dykstra was named as The Summit League's Men's Basketball Player of the Week following his performance Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State
Sr. // F // Rock Valley, Iowa
Dykstra garnered his second career and season honor, after leading South Dakota State to a pair of road victories. At Denver, Dykstra keyed the Jackrabbits comeback by scoring eight points in the final 17 seconds to lift his team from down 71-66 to a 74-73 victory. He hit a three-pointer at 0:17 to draw within two, then knocked down the go-ahead trey three seconds later before converting a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three with 0:03 on the clock. Dykstra scored all 14 of SDSU's points over the final 2:51 and all of his scoring (18 points) came in the second half. Two days later, Dykstra recorded a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a victory at South Dakota that moved SDSU past its rival in the league standings. Among Dykstra's weekly numbers were a .900 free throw percentage on 18-of-20 shooting from the line.
Also nominated: Chris Udofia, Denver; Elijah Ray, IUPUI; Joe Reed, Fort Wayne; Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State; Justin Simmons, Omaha; Garret Covington, Western Illinois.
Previous honorees: 11/11 – Mitch Patton, IUPUI/CJ Carter, Omaha; 11/18 – Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne; 11/25 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; 12/2 – Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State; 12/9 – Chris Udofia, Denver; 12/16 – Brett Olson, Denver/Marshall Bjorklund, North Dakota State; 12/23 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; 12/30 – John Karhoff, Omaha; 1/6 – Garret Covington, Western Illinois; 1/13 – Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne; 1/21 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; 1/27 – Pierre Bland, Fort Wayne / Taylor Braun, North Dakota State.
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In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons including new tournament and regular season attendance standards, record postseason tournament participation, all-time best RPI rankings, national player honors and NCAA statistical champions. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.