SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota State University forward Myah Selland, a native of Letcher, has been tabbed as the preseason women’s basketball player of the year in the Summit League.
Selland, who was the conference player of the year at season’s end in 2020-21, led the conference in scoring with 19.2 points per game and 19.5 points per contest in league contests. Selland, who was selected to the all-Summit League preseason team for the fourth time, played 20 games last season before suffering a season-ending injury on Feb. 19. She enters her fifth year of eligibility as a junior in 2021-22.
Tuesday’s announcement of the preseason honors included the poll of coaches, sports information directors and media about the season ahead. South Dakota was narrowly selected as the preseason favorite, with 712 total vote points and 20-first place votes after the Coyotes won the conference tournament. SDSU was a close second (672 points, 18 first-place votes) in the preseason poll, after SDSU won the regular-season title with a 14-0 conference record, and both SDSU and USD made the NCAA Tournament.
The poll and all-Summit preseason picks are voted on by Summit League coaches, sports information directors and select media. The top six vote-getters earned first-team honors and the next five were selected to the second team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes or team.
Selland is joined on the women’s preseason all-Summit first team by SDSU’s Paiton Burckhard and Tylee Irwin, along with South Dakota’s Chloe Lamb and Hannah Sjerven, plus Kansas City’s Naomie Alnatas.
South Dakota State opens the season hosting Green Bay Nov. 9 at Frost Arena, while South Dakota is at home to host Oklahoma on the same day.
SDSU named men’s preseason Summit favorite
In Summit League men’s basketball, South Dakota State is the preseason favorite, edging out perennial contender North Dakota State and Sweet 16 darling from 2021’s NCAA Tournament Oral Roberts.
SDSU received 23 of 36 first-place votes and 636 points in the poll, while North Dakota State was picked second with 606 points and Oral Roberts third with 545 points. The Jackrabbits have won at least a share of the Summit League regular season title in each of the last four seasons.
Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas, who led the nation in scoring last year, is the preseason player of the year in the conference. The junior is joined by Kansas City junior Josiah Allick, the SDSU duo of junior Baylor Scheierman and senior Douglas Wilson, and the NDSU tandem of Rocky Kreuser and Sam Griesel.
SDSU opens the 2021-22 season Nov. 9 when it hosts Bradley in Frost Arena, with the Coyotes in action two days later, Nov. 11 at the Sanford Pentagon vs. Air Force.