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Myer selected ‘Player to Watch’; UMD picked to finish 10th in NSIC

University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Brandon Myer (10) drives on University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Colton Williams (2) in the first half of the Bulldogs' victory over the Yellowjackets in Duluth last season. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Former Superior Spartan Brandon Myer was named the University of Minnesota Duluth “Player to Watch” and the Bulldogs were tabbed for a 10th-place finish in the NSIC Preseason Coaches' poll.

UMD, finished 12-18 overall and 7-15 in league play last season, received 103 points in the poll. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fifth in the North Division.

St. Cloud State and Minnesota State were selected by the NSIC coaches as the preseason favorites. Both schools received 209 points with the Mavericks garnering eight first places votes and the Huskies five.

Sioux Falls was third in the overall poll with 191 points and three first-place votes while Winona State was chosen fourth with 183 points. NCAA National runner-up Northern State was picked to finish fifth overall with 177 points.

Justin Wieck ushers in a new era of Bulldog basketball as the program's 17th head coach. Wieck returns all five starters from last season's lineup and nine players in total returning for the 2018-19 season.

Wieck will rely heavily on Myer, who was an All-NSIC second-team player last season after leading UMD in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. The junior forward averaged just shy of 20 points and established career single-game highs in points and rebounds. He ended the season registering 19.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals — all career highs — while compiling six double-doubles and a trio of 30-points games.

Myer is one of the top five returning scorers, joined by junior guard Logan Rohrscheib, who also registered double-figures last season.

Other returning starters are senior forward Sean Burns, junior guard Trevor Entwisle and senior guard Mamadou Ngom. Also in the starting rotation will be junior forward Luke Harris and senior wing Ryan Kaczynski.

UMD will look to improve on its NSIC quarterfinal final finish from a year ago after shocking Winona State in the NSIC Tournament before bowing out to Northern State.

The 2018-19 regular season gets underway Nov. 10 at Romano Gymnasium against The College of Saint Scholastica. Before that, UMD has an exhibition match against the University of Minnesota on Nov. 1 at Williams Arena.

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