Here are some South Dakota State basketball notes:
Incoming Wisconsin transfer point guard George Marshall can’t play in a game for SDSU until the middle of next season. But he can start practicing next week once classes begin. He plans to be productive with that.
"Spent a lot of time working on my game and at the same time preparing the team for conference play coming up and the rest of the games throughout this year," he said. "It’s definitely an important time for me."
The addition of Marshall means that SDSU could end up getting big minutes from two transfer guards next season as Iowa Lakes All-American Deondre Parks is already signed and off to a hot start in his sophomore season.
Through 13 games, Parks is putting up 24.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 25.9 minutes per game. He’s shooting 53.3 percent from the field, 48.5 percent from deep and 83.3 percent from the foul line, where he’s getting 8.0 attempts per game.
Parks is viewed as a combo guard whereas Marshall is more of a true point. Both are smaller and quicker than their recent predecessors.
SDSU coach Scott Nagy said that the postponed game at Buffalo is likely to be rescheduled for next season. The Bulls were hoping to play the Friday game on Sunday, but the Jacks weren’t certain they’d be able to get there in time due to flight issues in large chunks of the country.
As if a first career start wasn’t memorable enough, SDSU freshman forward Chynna Stevens made hers at No. 2-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday. She filled in for injured senior Hannah Strop.
The 6-footer from Clark - the second Jacks true frosh to make a start already this season - finished with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes.
"It felt bigger than usual, but we still have to go into it trying to play it like a normal game," said Stevens, who is averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. "That was the intention."
As for Strop, she didn’t practice last week and will be evaluated in the coming days for her availability for Thursday-Saturday home games. Coach Aaron Johnston said he wasn’t sure what label - questionable, doubtful, probable - to put on her.
The SDSU women finish with nine non-conference, regular-season wins. That’s their third-most since joining the Summit in 2007-08 behind 2008-09 (14) and 2012-13 (11). The three regular-season wins over power-conference teams is tied for its second-best total since joining the Summit behind 2008-09 (five) and tied with 2012-13.
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