Beginning in September and running up through November 11th, the first day of the regular season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2016-2017 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package. Today, we are previewing the Summit League. There are some changes coming in the Summit League this season. South Dakota State and Denver both have new head coaches. North Dakota State became the fourth program in the league to totally renovate their basketball facility. And, perhaps the biggest change of all, is that IPFW will now be branded as Fort Wayne. What won’t change, however, is that the three best programs in the conference appear to once again be headed for the top of the league standings.
Sheldon Jeter practically did a spit take when Pittsburgh hired Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon last spring. ''I was shocked, as I imagine most people were,'' said the senior forward, who played under Stallings for one season at Vanderbilt before eventually making his way to the Panthers. When Jeter's teammates asked him for a read on Stallings while they pondered whether to leave or not, Jeter offered some salient advice.
The weakness in Ethan Happ's otherwise solid offensive game is so obvious that the Wisconsin big man knows how defenders are going to play him. Just check out the sophomore's stats from his Big Ten Freshman of the Year campaign: 12.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds — and no 3-pointers. Not even an attempt from behind the arc. That should change this season. If the 6-foot-10 Happ can add a solid jumper to his offensive arsenal , a deep Badgers team led by seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig will be even tougher to stop. Wisconsin is already the preseason favorite in the Big Ten. "I wouldn't say he's a prolific 3-point shooter but the confidence to be able to play on the perimeter is much higher