- Conference Championships
Last year the Jackrabbits won their first Summit League conference championship with a record of 13-3, which secured them a number one seed in the 2013 Summit League Basketball Tournament.
SDSU has won 20 North Central Conference championships during their time as a Division II school. During the 2011-12, the Jackrabbits went 15-3 in conference play finishing only two games back of first place.
- Conference Tournament Appearances
The Jackrabbits have made the Summit League Tournament each of the five years they have been eligible to qualify. The 2011-12 Jackrabbits won the Summit League Tournament for the first time in school history cementing their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They followed up that performance by winning the tournament for the second straight year.
The honors continued to roll in for South Dakota State standout Nate Wolters, the latest being Associated Press Third Team All-American, the highest honor earned by a Jackrabbit at the Division I level.
“We’re very proud of Nate and all of what he’s accomplished,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “When you consider all of the players in Division I basketball, to be one of the top 15 players speaks not only to his athletic ability and what he’s done for us, but also the kind of person his is and how hard he’s worked to make himself a better basketball player.”
A St. Cloud, Minn., native, Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in leading the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Additionally, he scored an SDSU record, and 2012-13 Division I single-game high 53 points at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7.
Wolters currently ranks fourth nationally with 22.3 points per game, 21st nationally with 5.8 assists per game and 22nd nationally with a 2.51 assists to turnover ratio.
Wolters leaves SDSU with career records in points with 2,363, assists with 669 and free throws made with 648. Wolters, along with fellow senior Tony Fiegen, both played an SDSU record 128 games in their careers, with the team compiling an 85-46 record in their four years at SDSU.
The SDSU men's basketball team has produced outstanding players during the program's history including nine All-Americans. Don Jacobsen was the first All-American for SDSU in 1961. Tom Black accomplished the feat in 1964. In 1970, Dennis Womeldorf was the third Jackrabbit to receive the honor. Lee Colburn attained the status in 1973, Mark Tetzlaff achieved the status in 1985 and in 1997 Jason Sempsrott reached the plateau. Kurt Meister was seventh the Jackrabbit to be named All-American in 1998.
In 2013, Brayden Carlson and Jordan Dykstra were named Academic All-Americans for their hard work in the classroom. ction and Jordan Dykstra as a second team honoree.
“This is an amazing day for our program, it’s astronomical to just get one guy on the Academic All-American team, and first team at that, but to have two guys in the top-10 out of 5,000 guys I think that would be eligible is unbelievable,” head coach Scott Nagy said. “We’re very proud of what Jordan and Brayden have done, and I think it speaks highly of our program and the kind of kids that we have here, not only good basketball players and good citizens, but also great students.”
A Brookings native and economics major with a 3.94 GPA, Carlson helped lead the Jackrabbits to back-to-back Summit League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances the last two seasons, and to a 16-10 overall record and 8-3 mark in The Summit League so far this season. He enters Saturday’s game at North Dakota State with 87 consecutive starts.
A two-time Capital One Academic All-District selection, Carlson becomes the fist CoSIDA Academic All-America first team selection at SDSU since Jim Higgins in 1972.
Carlson averages 15 points and 2.7 assists per game, and became the 45th member of the SDSU 1,000-Point Club at SDSU in a win at South Dakota on Feb. 1 and enters the weekend ranked 36th all-time at SDSU with 1,046 career points, ranked seventh in career 3-point field goal percentage at 40 percent and tied for 10th all-time at SDSU with 151 career 3-pointers.
Also a two-time Capital One Academic All-District selection with a 3.71 GPA in Biology/Pre-Dentistry, Dykstra also started the last 87 games for the Jackrabbits. He ranks fifth all-time at SDSU with 1,576 career points and sixth all-time with 793 career rebounds, seven shy of becoming just the third player in SDSU history with at least 1,500 career points and 800 career rebounds.
A Rock Valley, Iowa native in the midst of one of the most prolific careers in SDSU history, Dykstra leads the Jackrabbits this season with 16.4 points per game and leads The Summit League with 7.7 rebounds per game and with seven double-doubles.
The first Jackrabbits to earn the honor at the Division I level, Carlson and Dykstra join an elite group of Jackrabbits to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.
Frost Arena is home of the Jackrabbits and has a capacity of 6,500. Frost Arena played host to Buffalo during ESPN's Brackbusters series in 2011. Following the 2012-13 season, SDSU has tallied a 453-127 all-time record at home. The Jackrabbits have been undefeated four times at home, including last year (13-0). SDSU currently has the longest home game winning streak in Division I basketball (30 games).
The lounge is where the players can relax or work on classwork when they want to take a break from basketball.The coaches and players will watch film and ready themselves for their upcoming opponent in the team room.
The men's basketball team has two weight rooms to use at their disposal. The main weightroom for the Jackrabbits is located in the basement of Frost Arena.
The second weight room is located in the Dykhouse Student-Athlete Center, which is another option for the players to workout in. The strength and conditioning coach Nate Moe has been working with SDSU since the fall of 2005.
Located near the men's basketball locker room is the athletic training room. Owen Stanley is the head athletic trainer and has worked with the men's basketball team since 2009.