We often hear about how a lot of big time college basketball programs don’t rebuild or retool, they reload. That can be seen best with the University of Kentucky who won the national title two years ago with a group of young kids headlined by freshman Anthony Davis. Fast forward to this year and they once again have one of the most heralded recruiting classes in a long time including five of the top 11 recruits in the country. With Julius Randle, the Harrison twins (Andrew and Aaron), James Young and Dakari Johnson the Wildcats are poised for another big year, by reloading.
When mid major schools have a star who graduates they usually go through some rebuilding growing pains. South Dakota State is taking their own approach at reloading. Over the last four years the Jackrabbits have had a player from Minnesota who had a meteoric rise to stardom in the Summit League that culminated in Nate Wolters being drafted in the 2nd round of the NBA Draft.
Wolters finished his college career as the league’s Player of the Year, a third Team All-American and the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,353 points and led South Dakota State to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history during his junior and senior campaigns, putting the Jackrabbits on the map.
Wolters is gone and coach Scott Nagy is hoping to build upon what his star guard help build, not rebuild. So Nagy went back to a well he was familiar with, Minnesota and plucked the state’s all-time leading scorer Duluth guard Anders Broman. Not only did Broman break the record, finishing his high school career with 5,119 points he destroyed the record by over 1,000 points. Broman pushed Kevin Noreen (now at West Virginia) and his 4,086 points to second place, but Noreen’s stats were never certified by the Minnesota State High School League. The leader in the record books was Ellsworth’s Cody Schilling with 3,428, until Broman came along.
Nagy is hoping the addition of Broman along with the senior leadership of Chad White, Jordan Dykstra and Brayden Carlson is enough to reload and keep South Dakota State atop the Summit League.