South Dakota State’s incoming recruiting class added another layer of intrigue Sunday night when Matt Donlan, a small forward, gave a verbal commitment in men’s hoops for the upcoming season. That should turn into a signed commitment Monday.
He’ll be the third (and maybe not last, as there is…
Last blog entry before I go on furlough …
Although at times it seemed to take forever, the South Dakota State men’s basketball team arrived on the national scene perhaps a year ahead of schedule. This was supposed to be Oral Roberts’ year to represent the Summit League in the NCAA tournament.
Read Terry’s puke.
Not to be confused with Tuesday Tidbits.
Thought about trying to write something smart or meaningful in this space. Really did. Instead, opted to puke out a bunch of random information and repeat others. Why? That’s more apropos to the pace of things lately:
Of the 344 NCAA Division I schools,…
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I’m going to let others post photos of transcendent Jacks guard Nate Wolters, who is in the national top ten in scoring and assist rate. I’m more interested in the blinding gingerosity of 6’7” junior Tony Fiegen (pictured). He doesn’t lead the Summit League champs in much of anything other than retina-scorching on court visibility, but I think that’s noteworthy.
Now, on to the serious stuffs. Wolters is, as my grandma would have said “really something.” He started his junior season with a 32-point effort against Western Michigan and hasn’t looked back since. He scored a season-high 34 in a 92-73 upset of the Washington Huskies, and has notched 30+ six times overall.
If that’s all Wolters could do, I wouldn’t be all that impressed. The world is full of me-first scorers who play at a low level because they can’t do anything else well. But Wolters can slap away a steal, rarely turns the ball over, and always finds his teammates, even on his biggest scoring nights. He came damn close to a triple-double in a January loss at Oakland, notching 21 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds. It’s not at all uncommon to see the 6’4” ballhawk sticking his nose in and coming out with the loose ball.
The Wolters effect can be enough for an early upset, as the Pac-12 champs can attest. The lack of horses elsewhere on the court will make it tough to expect much more, but that’s cold comfort to anyone who’s watched the Jackrabbits dash by them this season.
Watercooler Catch Phrases
“Wolters is incredible. He could play in the NBA some day”
“Man, that ginger kid is blinding in HD”
“They had to go to OT to win the Summit tourney”
“They won at Washington in non-con play”
“They actually play pretty decent defense”
- Mark: you pulling for the Jackrabbits or Leathernecks?
- Sent at 10: 21 PM on Tuesday
- Mark: it's really a win-win
- me: Seriously. I'm completely unable to pick.
- Sent at 10: 22 PM on Tuesday
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