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Men's basketball picked 6th

The IPFW men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Summit League Men’s Basketball Preseason poll.

The Mastodons had 191 points. South Dakota State finished first with 390 points. The Jackrabbits received 30 of the 31 first-place votes (coaches may not vote for their own team).

IPFW’s Frank Gaines was named to the Preseason All-League first team. He was joined by Travis Bader (Oakland), Taylor Braun (North Dakota State), Ceola Clark III (Western Illinois), Terell Parks (Western Illinois) and Nate Wolters (South Dakota State).

Wolters was named the Preseason Player of the Year.

South Dakota State returns four starters from last year’s team which went 27-8 overall and 15-3 in the Summit League. North Dakota State finished second in the poll. The team earned the remaining first-place vote.

Here’s the complete poll.

1. South Dakota State (30) 390

2. North Dakota State (1) 321

3. Oakland 310

4. Western Illinois 274

5. IUPUI 193

6. Fort Wayne 191

7. Kansas City 120

8. South Dakota 108

9. Omaha 64

(first-place votes)