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The DII Report: 11 gamers to look at as DII faculty basketball returns


As one season begins, one other ends. The DII soccer fall season got here to an finish Saturday with a Pittsburg State victory over West Texas A&M, however the DII faculty basketball season is alive and effectively. DII males’s and ladies’s basketball groups tipped off in each the MIAA and South Atlantic Convention, and the consensus No. 1, Northwest Missouri Bearcats are off to an ideal begin.

RANKINGS: NCAA.com Preseason Energy 10 | NABC response

Are you prepared, DII sports activities followers? The GLVC is amongst a couple of new conferences that start their DII faculty basketball seasons this week. It is time for an additional look again and peek forward, on this week’s DII Report. 

11 gamers to look at in DII males’s basketball

Final week, I offered my preseason Energy 10 and people groups that simply missed. This week, let’s check out a few of the names it’s best to count on to see on the Bevo Francis watchlist and contend for participant of the yr.

Let’s be mindful, issues are shortly evolving throughout this odd yr of 2020. Since final week’s Energy 10, a number of GNAC groups have opted out of the 2020-21 season, whereas the PSAC has formally canceled its season. A few of these gamers will not get began till January, which in fact, may additionally change. So this checklist comes with two stipulations:

  • As of this writing (November 22), these are solely gamers which are scheduled to play this season, or within the MIAA and SAC’s case, have already got. As a shoutout, Indiana (Pa)’s Armoni Foster was on my unique checklist.
  • I solely picked one student-athlete per crew. A few of these gamers have some stiff competitors from their very own teammates, by which case, I’ve famous these additionally in consideration.

Dalton Bolon, West Liberty: West Liberty has averaged 102.8 factors per recreation over the previous three seasons, and Bolon has led the cost, scoring 1,757 factors over that span. Ben Howlett’s groups merely rating factors, and if Bolon is wholesome, he is a surefire All-American. He is not a one-trick pony both, placing up 12 double-doubles final season.
Different Hilltoppers thought of: Pat Robinson III, Will Yoakum

Dale Bonner, Fairmont State: The Falcons have some good sleeper enchantment this season and Bonner ought to cleared the path. He led the crew in scoring and assists as a freshman and completed second in rebounds. The Falcons return all 4 main scorers, so Bonner ought to be much more snug in his sophomore marketing campaign.

Parker Fox, Northern State: Fox redshirted his freshman season, the final time Northern State discovered its approach to the nationwide championship recreation. He excelled off the bench in his second yr and shined as a starter final yr. Now the junior is poised to guide a slew of returners to the highest of the NSIC and has the expertise to common a double-double nightly.

Qua Grant, West Texas A&M: This was robust as a result of he and Joel Murray are a coin flip. Grant will get the nod after main the crew in scoring, rebounding and steals final season. Grant has been electrical since he was a freshman and the Buffs within the Elite Eight have been about as certain a factor as paying taxes. Count on extra nice issues in his junior season.
Different Buff thought of: Joel Murray

Cameron Henry, Lincoln Memorial: Henry needed to shoulder the load as the one returning starter within the lineup within the Railsplitters’ season opener Saturday. He answered the decision scoring 21 factors (he solely scored 20-plus factors 3 times final season), 5 rebounds, two assists and 4 steals. Henry has gotten higher in every of his first two seasons and is poised to blow up as one of many leaders of this crew.
Different Railsplitter thought of: Devin Whitfield

Jalyn Hinton, Florida Southern: Hinton’s numbers final yr have been dazzling, with 15.1 factors, 8.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and three.4 blocks per recreation totals. He ought to be among the many greatest defenders within the Sunshine State Convention and may very well be a good greater scorer with Brett Hanson not in Lakeland. 

Trevor Hudgins, Northwest Missouri State: The Bearcats have misplaced one recreation since Hudgins took over at level guard in Maryville. He is been the MIAA participant of the yr, the MIAA freshman of the yr and the DII Males’s Elite Eight Most Excellent Participant. He is a fantastic shooter from the ground, past the arc and on the line and drives the Bearcats engine. He ought to add extra {hardware} to the trophy case this yr.
Different Bearcats thought of: Diego Bernard, Ryan Hawkins

Emmanuel Little, Southern Indiana: I’m tremendous excessive on Southern Indiana this yr and Little is a giant purpose why. Little led the Screaming Eagles in each factors and rebounds final yr and may have the ability to tempo the squad once more. Having the highest three scorers return to the lineup makes it arduous for defenses to take Little out of the sport and it would not be stunning to see him common a double-double this season.

Cam Martin, Missouri Southern: Martin has performed in two video games this season and has two double-doubles. He scored his 1,five hundredth profession level on Saturday. Merely put, Martin is and has been probably the greatest in DII for the previous couple of years and it would not seem to be he is near slowing down. Count on to see Martin close to the highest of each the scoring and rebounding leaders this yr. 

Shadeed Shabazz, Alaska Fairbanks: The GNAC goes to have an odd look to it this yr with solely 4 groups enjoying, however the Nanooks and their star scorer are amongst these which are. Examine this out: not solely is Shabazz the highest returning scorer in DII basketball, however he was additionally his convention’s defensive participant of the yr as effectively, main DII in steals. He averaged 26.6 factors final yr in setting the GNAC scoring file. He has an actual probability to guide your complete division this yr.

Andrew Sischo, Daemen: Sischo generally flies underneath the radar enjoying for Daemen, however make no mistake: He is been the perfect middle in DII males’s basketball for 2 years operating. He is a two-time convention participant of the yr and has averaged over 20 factors and 10 rebounds in every of the previous two seasons. If he can lead Daemen on a deep run, there may simply be a participant of the yr award in his future.

I am additionally watching: Miles Belyeu, Saginaw Valley State; Adam Dworsky, Southeastern State; RJ Gunn, Lenoir-Rhyne; Brendan Sullivan, Colorado College of Mines; Sekou Sylla, Nova Southeastern; Jake Van Tubbergen, Grand Valley State.

DII basketball hits the hardwood: The week that was and what’s forward

Preseason Energy 10 groups impress
Three groups from the lads’s preseason Energy 10 took the ground on opening weekend and all three remained good. No. 1 Northwest Missouri State bought a scare from Rogers State, trailing on the half earlier than pulling away for the 86-78 victory. No. 4 Lincoln Memorial cruised to an 18-point victory over Newberry whereas No. 9 Missouri Southern received a pair of tight matchups to begin off 2-0 on the season.

MIAA and SAC girls’s basketball underway
Two video games in and Central Oklahoma’s Kelsey Johnson has two double-doubles. The senior ahead averaged 28 factors and 12 rebounds over her first week and put herself on the radar for MIAA participant of the yr honors proper out of the gate. The Bronchos are one in all three girls’s groups to open the yr 2-0 within the MIAA. Nebraska-Kearney and Northeastern State be part of Central Oklahoma at an ideal 2-0. 

The SAC opened with simply three video games performed amid a couple of cancellations on Saturday, however there have been some good video games performed. Tusculum took down Wingate 63-52 in a recreation that noticed a pair of double-doubles on both sides. Wingate’s Harleigh Hatfield went for 13 factors and 15 boards whereas the Pioneers Maddie Sutton scored 15 factors with 11 rebounds. Aliyah Miller chipped in 23 factors within the victory. These three definitely have my consideration in prime gamers of the convention dialog.

A pair of different gamers stood out as effectively. Courtney Virgo posted a double-double in Newberry’s loss to Lincoln Memorial. Anderson (SC)’s middle Taylor Hair scored 23 factors on 9-of-16 capturing.

There have been extra attention-grabbing numbers from opening weekend on each the DII males’s and ladies’s basketball courts. Our personal Zach Pekale took a have a look at seven that caught his consideration.

What we’re excited to look at: GLVC set to tip-off this week
Final week within the preseason Energy 10, I discussed the Nice Lakes Valley Convention would be the most enjoyable to look at. We’ll discover out this week because the convention joins the 2020-21 season with its opening tip. 

Missouri-St. Louis was the primary out of the Energy 10 coming off a record-setting season. The Tritons improved by seven video games for a program-best 27-win season in 2020, incomes a bid to the DII males’s basketball event for the primary time in 32 years. They’ll open in opposition to a Drury crew that may very well be underneath the radar. The final time these two met was within the GLVC event the place the Tritons ended the Panthers’ season in a tightly-contested 53-51 battle.

Southern Indiana was additionally within the prime 25 and I’ve already spoken of its sleeper enchantment. Indianapolis and Truman additionally each earned votes within the NABC preseason ballot. Each of those groups are actual contenders. We’ll be handled to an enormous recreation proper out of the gates as the 2 heavyweights meet Sunday, November 27. 

There’s a new period starting in Drury girls’s basketball. Gone is Molly Miller, one of the winningest coaches throughout all ranges of school basketball, together with a number of gamers that helped lead the Panthers to a 128-8 file during the last 4 seasons. That stated, this crew could be very gifted and new head coach Amy Eagan was Miller’s assistant. Count on the Panthers to contend for the convention crown as soon as once more. 

However wait, there’s extra
A number of groups from the RMAC get underway this week. Sadly, we’ll have to attend just a bit longer for the Colorado College of Mines males’s crew to tip-off subsequent week. The Orediggers have a slew of returners and will make a variety of noise this season. 

Kentucky Wesleyan and Limestone are amongst a couple of DII groups difficult DI this coming week. Limestone has a swing by the CAA in opposition to James Madison and School of Charleston, whereas Kentucky Wesleyan heads to Murray State.

You may comply with all of the week’s motion on our scoreboard. 

The DII soccer fall season ends with a Pittsburg State victory

Whereas the DII soccer season had an odd look to it, at the least there was one thing acquainted within the remaining recreation of the season. Pittsburg State — which has extra wins than another DII soccer program — ended with one other win.

The Gorillas added to their DII soccer file win whole within the DII soccer fall finale on Saturday. It was a shootout in Canyon, Texas as Pittsburg State jumped out to a 28-21 lead within the first half and held on for the 42-28 win over West Texas A&M. 

There have been loads of yards gained on Saturday as each groups mixed for 1019 yards. Each quarterbacks had sturdy days. The Gorillas’ Mak Sexton threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and the Buffs’ Nick Gerber put up 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns of his personal.

Listed here are how the ten DII soccer groups which performed fall ball fared in 2020:

Workforce Convention* Document
Angelo State LSC 2-2
West Texas A&M LSC 3-3
Missouri Western MIAA 0-2
Nebraska-Kearney MIAA 2-0
Pittsburg State MIAA 2-2
Black Hills State RMAC 0-2
Chadron State  RMAC 2-2
Colorado Mesa RMAC 2-1
South Dakota Mines RMAC 2-2
Western Colorado RMAC 0-1