THE GOOD NEWS
Despite the loss of a solid senior class, South Dakota State does return a lot of experienced talent in 2010-11. G Clint Sargent, who will be a senior next season, led the team with 12.8 ppg, including 41.5 percent shooting from 3-point range.
G Nate Wolters, a freshman, developed into a double-figure scorer for the Jacks as well, averaging 10.1 points per game while starting only 11 games. Another senior-to-be, Anthony Cordova, will be expected to step forward with his production next season.
THE BAD NEWS
Garrett Callahan influenced the Jackrabbits much more than his stats will ever show. The leader of the team, Callahan was able to affect the mood of the team with his play. How well the Jacks play without him running the show is anyone's guess.
Kai Williams was also extremely valuable, averaging 11.1 points and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game. His inside strength was another source of leadership for the Jackrabbits, someone they could count on to come through every game.
The keys for South Dakota State's chances next year will rest on guards Clint Sargent and Nate Wolters and how well they develop as playmakers and leaders for the team. Both have shown the capability of coming through with big games on the court, but how well will they lead?
A younger version of Garrett Callahan may be found in junior-to-be Griffan Callahan, the younger of the siblings. Griffan averaged 15.1 minutes per game this year, but he might be ready to show the same kind of moxie that his older brother has displayed for the past four years.
--F Kai Williams was one of the top shooters in the Summit League as a senior, connecting on 51.9 percent of his field-goal attempts to rank fifth in the conference.
--G Nate Wolters placed eighth in the Summit League -- and second among conference freshmen -- with his 2.9 assists per game.
--G Garrett Callahan was usually pretty reliable at the free-throw line for the Jackrabbits, hitting 85.9 percent of his free-throw attempts to rank third in the conference in the category.
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