Scouting report: South Dakota State
Game info: Noon Sunday at Edmundson Pavilion (10,000 capacity)
TV: ROOT Sports (Tom Glasgow and Lenny Wilkens)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Coach: Scot Nagy is 298-194 in 17 seasons with the Jackrabbits.
Prediction: Picked to finish third in the 10-team Summit League by coaches, media and sports information directors.
Series: First meeting.
Previous game: SDS lost 89-70 at North Dakota on Thursday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Junior Nate Wolters (right) is a Summit League Player of the Year candidate. He might be the best true point guard in the conference and was voted the top playmaker in a preseason poll of media. Wolters also scored 303 points as a freshman and set the school’s sophomore scoring record with 604 points. He ranks 23rd on SDSU’s all-time scoring list. He’s on pace to challenge the school’s all-time record. Wolters career scoring high is 36. His season best is 32. Wolters missed Monday’s game with an ankle injury, but returned Thursday and had 24 points, six rebounds and five assists in the loss to North Dakota.
— Griffan Callahan, a 6-4, 2-5-pound guard/forward, is the only senior on the team. He was a role player last season, but is one of SDSU’s stars this season. He leads the team in rebounding with 6.2 boards per game and he’s second in scoring at 11.2 points per game. He scored 25 points and sank seven three-pointers – both career highs – in a loss at Nebraska on Nov. 26.
— Sophomore forward Jordan Dykstra set a school record last season with a 51.5 percent shooting on three-pointers. The Jackrabbitts shot 41.1 percent, which was fifth best in the nation. This season he’s shooting 37.9 percent on treys and the team is 35.7.
— Sophomore forward Marcus Heemstra is the tallest player in the rotation at 6 feet 9. He averages 8.8 minutes, 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds.
— The Jackrabbitts became a full-fledged Division program in 2008-09. They had lousy records during the certification period and discovered the best success last season. Three starters (Wolters, Callahan and Fiegen) return from a team that posted a 19-12 record.
— SDSU has a 107 RPI and it is 120 in the Sagarin ratings.
— The Jackrabitts have played three schools from the six major conferences and lost each game by an average of 13 points. They fell 71-55 at Minnesota, 72-61 at Georgia and 76-64 at Nebraska. Two of SDSU’s wins are against non-Division I opponents.
— SDSU has played seven games away from home. It is on a two-game road trip that ends Sunday in Seattle.
F – Tony Fiegen, 6-7, Jr., Madison, S.D., 7.5 ppg., 3.9 rpg., 0.6 apg
F – Jordan Dykstra, 6-8, So., Rock Valley, Iowa, 8.1, 4.0, 1.1
G – Griffan Callahan, 6-4, Sr., Seneca, Ill., 11.8, 6.2, 0.8
G – Brayden Carlson, 6-4, So., Brookings, S.D., 6.3, 3.3, 2.8
G – Nate Wolters, 6-3, Jr., St. Cloud, Minn., 20.2, 5.0, 6.0
— Wolters is South Dakota State’s best player, but the trick to stopping the Jackrabbitts is focusing on his supporting cast. Ideally Washington wants to make Wolters either a shooter or a play maker. When he’s scoring and creating plays for others, he’s a difficult cover. Against Nebraska, Minnesota and Georgia, he’s managed to reach or approach his averages. The other SDSU players have wilted against superior competition. Callahan has disappeared in two games and Dykstra has been limited due to injuries.