With no South Dakota State football game to preview, I figured I could spout off about a bunch of different stuff in this space this week:
Ex-Jackrabbits star point guard Nate Wolters will play the second regular-season game of his NBA career tonight in Boston for the the Celtics home opener, their first under new coach Brad Stevens. The 6-foot-4 Wolters could be in the starting lineup as Brandon Knight (hamstring) and Luke Ridnour (back) reportedly are doubtful. Good thing coach Larry Drew opted to give him a token start during a preseason stop in Sioux Falls.
Wolters ranked 8th in Player Efficiency Rating among rookies based on his Game 1 line. 76ers guard Mike Carter-Williams was the only rookie to play more minutes than Wolters, the No. 38 pick, in a season opener.
How were the Skyforce able to claim forward Bill Walker as a returning player? Because they claimed the former Kansas State star from the D-League available player in the final days of the 2012-13 season without so much as announcing it. It could turn out to be a shrewd move. The 6-6 Walker has appeared in more than 150 NBA games in his career with playoff appearances with the Celtics and Knicks.
The D-League draft starts at 6 tonight with the Force hosting a free fan event at the Sanford Pentagon.
The SDSU basketball teams host an exhibition doubleheader tonight, the women taking on Minnesota State at 6 and the men facing Dakota Wesleyan at 8:30. It’s the only doubleheader - home or away - for the Jackrabbits during the regular season.
Meanwhile, the men and women will play on the same night at difference places 16 times.
Best I can tell, the South Dakota State soccer team will lock up the No. 2 seed in the Summit League tournament with the next Fort Wayne loss. The Dons (6-9-1, 3-1-1) play at North Dakota State (7-9-0, 3-3-0) today before visiting the Jackrabbits (10-4-2, 5-1) on Sunday in the regular-season finale.
The SDSU wrestling team opens the season Sunday by hosting the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open. The field will include a total of four NCAA Division I programs: SDSU, NDSU, Northern Illinois and Missouri.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.