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South Dakota State welcomes back school’s all-time leader in made three-pointers

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In four seasons as a member of the South Dakota State basketball program, Clint Sargent was twice named second team All-Summit League and left as the program’s all-time leader in made three-pointers with 252.

After spending two years playing overseas Sargent decided that he wanted to make a move into the coaching ranks and he’ll do so at his alma mater, as head coach Scott Nagy has hired the sharpshooter as his director of basketball operations.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to join the staff here at South Dakota State, and I’m excited to work alongside Coach Nagy and the rest of the athletic department that did so much for me during my playing career” Sargent said in the release. “It feels great being back in the Brookings community and I look forward to another great year of Jackrabbit basketball!”

Sargent is the second addition to Nagy’s staff, with Joe Krabbenhoft being hired as an assistant. And if those two, with Krabbenhoft having played at Wisconsin, end up on the same team during those faculty lunchtime games, look out.

As for the Jackrabbits who will play in games next season, they have the tough task of accounting for the graduation of two of their top three scorers from last season’s Summit League tournament champion squad.

The biggest loss is point guard Nate Wolters, a second round pick in the NBA Draft who averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game as a senior. But forward Tony Fiegen, who averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest, was no slouch himself.

The good news for South Dakota State is that leading rebounder Jordan Dykstra (12.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg) returns, as do guards Braydon Carlson (9.1, 3.5), Chad White (9.9 ppg) and Joshua White (9.2 ppg). Add to the returnees a four-member recruiting class that includes wing Anders Broman, and South Dakota State is more than capable of making a return trip to the NCAA tournament.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.