Yesterday the 1st team was posted, time for the 2nd team. First a reminder of the 1st team
G KJ Hunt Denver
G Issac McBride Oral Roberts
G Trenton Massner Western Illinois
F Courtney Brown St. Thomas
F Akol Arop Omaha
Reaching the Summit All-Newcomer 2nd team
G Erik Oliver, South Dakota
South Dakota has a recent history of JUCO players that have made things happen in Vermillion. Just look back to last year when a group of JUCO transfers led by Xavier Fuller made big contributions last season. With the departure of Stanley Umude and injury to AJ Plitzuweit, the Coyotes have lost a lot of last year’s scoring. One thing Oliver has shown at the high school and JUCO level is that he can score. Oliver averaged over 20 points per game and shot over 40% from behind the arc in two JUCO seasons.
G Andrew Kallman, North Dakota State
When discussing Kallman, there is basically no one that doubts his ability. There is a question on how he’s going to carve out a role on a deep North Dakota State team. Kallman started 86 games at the Division 2 level over 3 seasons. Last season Kallman averaged 10.2 points, and an impressive 4.2 assists at Northern State. Kallman also posted an impressive 3.2 assist to turnover ratio. Kallman’s path to minutes is he likely was the most natural point guard the day he stepped on campus. Even on a deep Bison team, Kallman seems likely to start many games and put up impressive numbers this season.
F Luka Barisic, Western Illinois
Barisic hasn’t put up the most impressive numbers in his two seasons at UTSA. However, it seems he is moving into a prime situation at Western Illinois. This is especially true if Coach Rob Jeter decides to go big a lot of the season. There were times last season where an exhausted Tamell Pearson was scraping himself off the floor, and Will Carius was searching for room to get his shot off. Barisic should help relieve the workload for both this year. At 6’10 240 with the ability to score down low and over 30% shooting from behind the arc. Barisic gives the Leathernecks needed additional size and the ability to stretch the floor at his size. Barisic should play a major role this season.
F Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler, Omaha
Poor Bear-Chandler comes home for his last college basketball season. Not only did he get the chance to finish his career in Omaha but he also has a chance to play a major role for the first time in his college career. In 3 years at Wichita State, Poor Bear-Chandler started 1 game and averaged only 9 minutes per game. At Omaha, he likely steps right into the starting lineup and puts himself in line to put up career numbers. For years Darrin Hansen’s teams were led by strong backcourts, but it’s likely the frontcourt leads the way this season.
F Tsotne Tsartsidze, North Dakota
The numbers that Tsartsidze put up at the JUCO level last season didn’t necessarily jump off the page. Which leads to the question, why is he on the list? Tsartsidze seems primed to start out of the blocks for the Fighting Hawks and is getting glowing reviews early this season. With North Dakota looking for size after the loss of Filip Rebraca, it’s likely Tsartsidze steps in. Would not be surprising for Tsartsidze to average double-figures in scoring while pulling down 7+ rebounds per game.