September 13, 2013

USA Today Previews The Summit League

USA Today’s College Basketball Preview has hit the newsstands. In addition to its Summit League projections, a photo of the 2013 Summit League Championship game tipoff is prominently displayed in the publication’s lead column, titled “It’s OK to Say It: College Basketball is The Best Sport”, by Will Leitch.

Josh Paunil of USA Today Sports previewed The Summit League and picked North Dakota State as league favorite and NDSU’s Taylor Braun as Preseason Player of the Year. He led his analysis by stating that “Despite the graduation of one of the best players in Summit League history in Nate Wolters, the conference could be even more exciting this year with the addition of Denver.”
Here is a rundown of The Summit League projections:

1. North Dakota State
2. Denver
3. South Dakota State
4. Western Illinois
6. Fort Wayne
7. Omaha
8. South Dakota

1st Team
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State
Marshall Bjorklund, North Dakota State
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State
Chris Udofia, Denver

2nd Team
Brandon Bos, South Dakota
Ian Chiles, IUPUI
Brett Olson, Denver
Justin Simmons, Omaha
Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne

Preseason Player of the Year
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State

Preseason Rookie of the Year
Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne

To read the full analysis of The Summit League, pick up a copy of the USA Today’s College Basketball Preview at your local newsstand or order online.

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