Not making the Preseason All Summit League Team is really not that big of a deal at the end of the day. Making it, and then not making the final season All Summit League team is kind of a big deal. Everyone laughs at you. They don’t actually. Okay, wait, what is the point of a Preseason Team of anything? Is the real point of it to upset some of the players who just maybe should have been on there?
Former South Dakota State coach, Scott Nagy, basically said it was completely worthless. It’s like when some movie gets really hyped up because it has Marlon Brando and he gets top billing, but the movie is actually great because of the acting of the 5th highest billed actor. Maybe, it is a sign of respect to some guys? It certainly has added a little motivation to guys in the past that were not selected to the team.
I’m not going to specifically say who should be dropped off from the teams, but here are some guys that maybe should have been named to the 1st or 2nd team.
Tyler Flack, Sr., F, South Dakota
No South Dakota player was selected to the Preseason Team, and we kind of get it. The Yotes lost a ton, and we have no idea what is going on there.
After missing all of 2014-2015 with a back injury, Flack was able to make a comeback in the second half of last season. He ended up averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and was able to raise those numbers to 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds over the last 12 games of the season. With a number of players leaving, and having a relatively young and thin front line, Flack could be even more of a center piece for the Coyotes and put up even bigger numbers in 2016-2017
AJ Jacobson, Jr., G/F, North Dakota State
I had to double check a couple things here. Jacobson seemed like Summit League royalty a year ago, so it was weird not even seeing him mentioned. First, I had to double check that my Cntl + F was working properly when I did not see Jacobson’s name on the Preseason Team. If you don’t regularly use the Cntl + F option to find certain words in readings, just know that if you start using it, it will really start angering you in regular life when you read things like restaurant menus without and you just want to know what items have avocado in them. After that, I had to go check to see if Jacobson was still on North Dakota State’s roster. Sure is still on the roster.
Jacobson was named Summit League Honorable Mention as a freshman and again as a sophomore, and he’s been just about the only member of the Bison that’s been able to stay away from injuries and not get in trouble on the team in some fashion. It’s possible he wont have to play as much at the 4 this season, so he could be a more effective player on offense and defense in his natural position.
Matt Mooney, So., G, South Dakota
With over 75% of their scoring from last season gone, South Dakota will need to replace that scoring…duh. Mooney, a transfer from Air Force, could really be one of the main guys that step up and take a big role on this team.
I get that this is a stretch for being snubbed, and there is uncertainty here, but a couple of the guys on the Preseason Team could have slightly reduced roles because of the newcomers on their rosters taking their minutes and shots away. Mooney is the one getting the shots. Mooney was a consistent freshman for Air Force in 2014-2015, averaging 7 points per game and shooting 45% from the field. There are 40+ points per game from the wing positions that need made up for South Dakota, and then some if they want to be a contender this season, Mooney is going to be the main guy to take over this loss of scoring.
Matt O’Leary, Sr., F, IUPUI
O’Leary had some consistency issues in 2015-2016, but he was still a big weapon for the Jaguars as a newcomer. For a big man, he can do just about anything. He has a few post moves, can hit mid-range jumpers, knock down a three here and there, step back and hit the three, put the ball to the floor and drive to the basket, and he even led all big men in the Summit in assists last season. It’s bascially like watching what I thought Rylan Murry would have become, but the Indiana version. With some late departures, O’Leary has been left as one of few experienced big men for the Jaguars and if he finds some consistency, could really be one of the biggest match up problems in the Summit League.
Marcus Tyus, Sr., G, Omaha
It’s fine, I get it, I am biased, but Tyus is being named the Co-Captain of the All Snubbed Team with Jacobson. I sat here a year ago thinking Tyus got snubbed on the Preseason poll, in addition to Jake White and Devin Patterson who both ended up on the 2nd Team at the end of year. I also thought Tre’Shawn Thurman was snubbed in both the Preseason and Regular Season awards in 2015-2016, but whatever.
Maybe some people forgot of Tyus’ existence, but can you imagine the Mavericks last year with a healthy Marcus Tyus on the roster? Can you even believe it? He arguably had a better junior season than Max Landis did (who was selected to the 2015-2016 Preseason 2nd team and then ended up as the Summit League Player of the Year), and Tyus was playing out of position on defense for basically the entire 2014-2015 season. Tyus should be taking over the scoring left from Devin Patterson’s departure. They both score in different ways, but are capable of putting up the same points.
I’m just putting a back court together in my mind of one of the best all around players the Mavericks have ever had (Hollins) next to one of the most consistent shooters the Mavericks have had in division one. I’m trying to not start the Mavericks Would Beat the Huskers by 15 This Season debate.