South Dakota's two Summit League men's basketball squads are hoping for big things on the floor at the conference tournament in Sioux Falls this weekend, and off the court big things are already happening for some Jackrabbit and Coyote players.

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South Dakota State senior Cody Larson grabbed a pair of honors, Larson was named to the all-conference first team, and is also the league's defensive player of the year. The Sioux Falls native grabbed a Summit best six defensive rebounds per game and ranked third in blocked shots.

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His teammate Deondre Parks picked up two awards as well, all-conference and the newcomer of the year in the Summit League. The junior college transfer led all conference newcomers in scoring and ranked eighth overall in scoring. He made more than two three-pointers a game, which tied him for fifth most in The Summit League.

Fellow Jackrabbit George Marshall is also on the all-newcomer team.  The transfer from Wisconsin finished tenth in the league in scoring and second in three-point shooting.

The Jackrabbits open Summit League play at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, Saturday at 6:00 PM, as top seeded SDSU plays Western Illinois.

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Senior Tyler Larson South Dakota's lone representative on the first team.  The Las Vegas native is the first Coyote to earn first-team honors in South Dakota’s four years in the Summit League. He led the conference in rebounding and  was sixth in both points and assists.

Larson's Coyotes open Summit League Tournament play at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, when they play Fort Wayne at 6:00 PM.

Another Coyote, junior Tre Burnette is on the Summit League's all-newcomer team.  Burnette played two seasons at Williston State before arriving in Vermillion. He started all 31 games for the Coyotes, averaging eight points and six rebounds.