Jacks men, Yote women tops of Summit preseason polls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (GoWatertown.net) — The South Dakota State men’s basketball team was picked as the Summit League favorite, the conference office announced Tuesday in its preseason poll. The Jacks received 23 of the 36 first-place votes, North Dakota State came in second with seven first-place votes, South Dakota fourth.

Three Jackrabbits also earned preseason recognition, Baylor Scheierman, Douglas Wilson, and Noah Freidel. Sam Griesel, Rocky Kreuser, and Tyree Eady received Summit League nods for the Bison. Xavier Fuller and Tasos Kamateros were recognized for South Dakota.

On the women’s side, South Dakota was picked as the favorite in the Summit League Preseason Poll for the third-straight year with 20 first-place votes. The other 18 votes were given to South Dakota State in second place. North Dakota State rounds out the top three.

Coyote seniors Hannah Sjerven, Chloe Lamb and Liv Korngable were named to the league’s preseason teams. South Dakota State’s Myah Selland was named preseason player of the year and also named to the first team along with Paiton Burckhard and Tylee Irwin. North Dakota State’s Heaven Hamling was recognized on the second team.

The preseason polls and teams, announced by the league office were voted on by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors, and select media members.

Summit League Men’s Preseason Poll
1. South Dakota State (23) | 636
2. North Dakota State (7) | 606
3. Oral Roberts (6) | 545
4. South Dakota | 480
5. Western Illinois | 356
6. Kansas City | 341
7. North Dakota | 279
8. Omaha | 255
9. Denver | 217
10. St. Thomas | 120

Preseason Player of the Year
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts

Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts
Rocky Kreuser, North Dakota State
Baylor Scheierman, South Dakota State
Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State
Sam Griesel, North Dakota State
Josiah Allick, Kansas City

Preseason All-Summit Second Team
Will Carius, Western Illinois
Noah Freidel, South Dakota State
Xavier Fuller, South Dakota
Tyree Eady, North Dakota State
Tasos Kamateros, South Dakota

Summit League Women’s Preseason Poll
1. South Dakota, 712 (20)
2. South Dakota State, 672 (18)
3. North Dakota State, 544
4. Kansas City, 486
5. Denver, 385
6. Oral Roberts, 383
7. Western Illinois, 382
8. Omaha, 314
9. North Dakota, 181
10. St. Thomas, 147

Preseason Player of the Year
Myah Selland, South Dakota State

Preseason All-Summit League First Team
Myah Selland, South Dakota State
Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota
Chloe Lamb, South Dakota
Paiton Burckhard, South Dakota State
Tylee Irwin, South Dakota State
Naomie Alnatas, Kansas City

Preseason All-Summit Second Team
Heaven Hamling, North Dakota State
Liv Korngable, South Dakota
Keni Jo Lippe, Oral Roberts
Uju Ezeudu, Denver
Meghan Boyd, Denver