SDSU Tops Summit League Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

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South Dakota State, under the guidance of second-year head coach Eric Henderson, topped the Summit League Men’s Basketball preseason poll and Jackrabbit senior Douglas Wilson was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Wilson, who led the Jacks to a share of the 2019 regular season title, is the reigning Summit League Player of the Year after averaging 18.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg during his first season in Brookings.

SDSU received 33 of 36 first-place votes, topping the poll with 608 points. Sophomore Noah Friedel joined Wilson on the preseason all-league first team, while junior forward Matt Dentlinger earned a spot on the second team. The league’s nine men’s basketball head coaches and sports information directors each vote along with two media members that cover each institution.

Omaha was selected to finish fourth in the poll with 379 points, edging South Dakota by 25 points. The Mavericks joined SDSU and ORU with multiple selections on the preseason squad with senior Matt Pile named to the first team and junior Marlon Ruffin named to the second team.

Pile, who was the only league player to average a double-double a year ago, is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, while Ruffin was on the all-newcomer team and the league’s Sixth Man of the Year.

The Coyotes collected 354 points to take the fifth spot in the poll and are led by senior Stanley Umude, who garnered a first-team spot on the preseason team after scoring 16.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg last season. USD finished third a season ago with a 10-6 league tally.

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