The South Dakota State basketball programs aren’t ready just yet to let football assume the spotlight.
On Tuesday, SDSU women’s assistant Emilee Thiesse was announced as the new head coach at Minnesota State, becoming the second member of the staff to leave this summer for a top job at a Division II school. (Plus, a one-time Jacks assistant, Travis Brewster, took over at North Dakota.)
According to SDSU coach Aaron Johnston, Thiesse was instrumental in recruiting, worked with guards and put together the 2012-13 schedule, a new responsibility.
The Jacks have two options in terms of finding a replacement: Do a full and standard search, which could take 4-5 weeks, or make a so-called emergency hire. In that case, somebody would be brought in on a one-year interim basis, after which the full process would be completed.
“I don’t look at this as bad timing at all,” said Johnston, who wrapped up an assistant search in late June. “When you lose a good coach, it doesn’t matter when they leave - you’re losing good people, and that means you have to go out and find more good people.”
Meanwhile, the SDSU men gained two people as Pierre wing Lane Severyn and Alexandria, Minn., forward Logan Doyle both gave verbal commitments Wednesday for 2013. The 6-foot-5 Severyn sat on the scholarship offer for more than two years before pulling the trigger. The 6-8 Doyle waited roughly one day.
In fact, Doyle didn’t have any offers heading into the summer, according to his hometown paper. He didn’t play much varsity until his junior year, growing from 6-5 to 6-8 in a year and averaging 13.2 points and 11.1 boards.
He wound up with a bunch of offers from NSIC schools plus SDSU and Western Illinois, the teams that met in the Summit League championship game. He reportedly also had walk-on talks with Minnesota.
“I really like the coaches a lot,” said Doyle, who had taken an unofficial visit to Brookings before getting an offer. “The players are great and then just the athletic facilities are really, really nice, too. Just pretty much the whole package.”
Including the style of play. Doyle thinks he fits in with the motion scheme. Severyn said the same thing – that on-floor fit was important. He hopes to improve the consistency of his shot and develop his pull-up game prior to starting college. Governors coach Terry Becker described him as a gym rat.
“I wanted to go somewhere I could make an impact quick,” Severyn said, “and it’s a nice thing to be a home-grown person and go to South Dakota State and come from the Capital City - it means a little more to us.”
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