Southern Utah – The next team to leave the Summit League, Southern Utah is looking to the future but has to deal with the reality of next season first. Last year their defense was one of the worst in the conference, and it should be a point of emphasis this offseason. They signed Chris Nsenki, a 5-A all-state player from Kansas City, Missouri. He will be given his opportunity to make this team his own, but as a freshman in the Summit League, it’s hard to predict how he will perform. Needless to say, Thunderbird fans are pretty excited with the kid’s athleticism.The writer checking in on the Summit League projected the Thunderbirds to finish 9th in the Summit, which shouldn't be much of a surprise. They finished 8th last season after being pretty bad offensively and very bad defensively.
They would like to leave the Summit League strong, but I think the biggest thing will be getting into a good position heading into their entrance into the Big Sky. It will be interesting to see if they can build some momentum, because the Big Sky is looking like it could be especially tough in 2012-13.