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Lost: Griffin Callahan, Zach Monaghan
Gains: Matt Donlan, Jake Bittle, Cory Jacobson, Joey Feilmeier, Connor Devine
South Dakota State, which finished No. 2 in the regular season last year and then won the conference tournament, is the clear front-runner in the Summit League for the 2012-13 season.
The Jackrabbits return all-conference first team selection Nate Wolters and second team selection Jordan Dykstra in addition to most of the other players from last year's NCAA tournament team.
Wolters is easily the most talented player in the league. He was the only player in Division I last year to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. He also had 1.7 steals per game. He flirted with a triple-double against Oakland in January, where he fell two rebounds shy of the rare feat.
Dykstra was No. 2 on the team in scoring and rebounding with 11.3 points per game and 4.9 rebounds. The 6'8" forward's range extends to beyond the arc. As a freshman, he shot 51.5 percent from three-point range, and last year he shot 47.3 percent. After struggling in the first four games of the season, he averaged 12.4 points per game the rest of the way.
The Jackrabbits return another pair of sharpshooters in forward Chad White (47.2 percent) and guard Brayden Carlson (46.1 percent). Carlson also spent some time as the backup point guard and averaged 2.5 assists.
Lastly, South Dakota State has a pair of incoming forwards that could do some damage as freshman: Matt Donlan and Connor Devine. Donlan averaged 17.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a high school senior, and Devine averaged 20.1 points, 14.6 rebounds and eight blocks.