South Dakota State first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger has a clear pipeline to an AAU program. His 2017 recruiting class will now house two members of the Wisconsin Swing.
The second such commitment comes via Alex Arians’ decision to join the Jackrabbits, Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com reports. Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wis. He joins AAU teammate Ryan Krueger, a 6-foot-5 wing, as members of the Jackrabbits’ 2017 class.
Arians joins a South Dakota State program amid a coaching change for the first time. The program lost its only coach in its 11-year tenure, Scott Nagy, once he decided to accept Wright State’s offer to become its head coach. Nagy’s team is coming off two NCAA tournament appearances in its past five seasons. Otzelberger is in his first months as a college hoops head coach, coming over after spending most of the past 10 years as an Iowa State assistant.
But Otzelberger played college ball at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and hails from Milwaukee, helping to explain his connections with the Wisconsin AAU program. South Dakota State’s two off-guard options were each given two-star ratings by VerbalCommits.com.
Arians, ironically, received offers from both South Dakota State and Wright State, along with Division II West Texas A&M. Krueger, who is from New London, Wis., received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin-Green Bay before deciding on the Summit League team.
A rising senior at Edgewood High School, Arians averaged 15.8 points per game as a junior last season and earned second-team all-conference honors in that slate.