Pioneer men picked to finish 5th in Summit hoops

Photo: Photo courtesy of the Summit League. South Dakota State University is tabbed as the league favorite to repeat under pre-season Summit League Player of the Year Mike Daum.

Here we are, just weeks before the start of basketball season under second year head coach Rodney Billups.

Last week, the Summit League held their annual basketball media Day. DU men’s coach Rodney Billups and women’s coach Jim Turgeon were on the conference call and fielded questions. The 20 minute audio from the teleconference link is shown below.

Audio – Rodney Billups & Jim Turgeon

Denver was selected to finish 5th in the league wide poll.

Summit League’s 2017-18 Pre-Season Basketball Poll


1. South Dakota State 339 (13)
2. South Dakota 327 (12)
3. North Dakota State 246
4. Fort Wayne 234
5. Denver 230
6. Omaha 124
7. Oral Roberts 104
8. Western Illinois 60

South Dakota State has won the conference title and NCAA auto-bid five out of the last six years. Considering the talent on the Jackrabbits’ roster and the league tournament in Sioux Falls, they are once again the prohibitive favorites to win it all this season. Denver has never finished higher than 4th in the Summit League.

The Summit League preseason player of the year was, not surprisingly, South Dakota State’s Mike Daum who dominated the league last season. DU’s Daniel Amigo made the preseason all-conference first team and Joe Rosga made the second team.

For fans interested in fashion, Denver is also launching a much-needed set of new Adidas uniforms this season which are much cleaner than the uniforms they have worn for the last several years. Hopefully, the “look good, play good” mantra will apply for the Pioneers this season.

LetsGoDU writer Chris Shockey will be covering most of DU’s home dates this season and we look to have a basketball season preview and podcast completed in the near future with a view of the upcoming Denver hoops season.

In the meantime, DU is holding their annual Fan Jam and season ticket pick-up this Wednesday. If you are local, plan on stopping by the Fan Jam and take a look at this year’s men’s and women’s squads while getting an early peek at the new uniforms.

The Pioneer basketball season will tip-off November 12th at Magness Arena against UC-Irvine.