He made six starts for the Wildcats and appeared in 88 games overall over four years. His career high is 11 points.
“Where he’s going to be able to make the biggest impact is defensively,” Nagy said. “He’s got good size, incredible strength and good speed. He’s been taught well.”
The Raiders’ recruiting efforts were dealt a blow last month when Noah Freidel, who averaged 22.8 points and 8.4 rebounds for Tea Area High School in South Dakota, asked out of his letter-of-intent and signed with South Dakota State.
The 6-4 guard, who led his team to its second state title in three years as a senior last season, cited trepidation about attending college so far from home as his reason for changing schools.
South Dakota State had an unexpected roster opening when a three-star recruit decommitted following coach T.J. Otzelberger’s departure for UNLV. Assistant Eric Henderson replaced Otzelberger.
“I wasn’t happy about it because we spent a lot of time recruiting him,” Nagy said.
“It’s a different day and age. In the fall, they weren’t interested in him at all. They spent zero time on him, and that’s where he ends up going. So that’s a little bit of a frustration.”
Nagy led the Raiders to the Horizon League regular-season title and their first NIT berth despite being short-handed. Sophomore wing Jaylon Hall (shoulder) and freshman post Grant Basile (ankle) were both sidelined after undergoing surgery.
In the offseason, guard Malachi Smith, who made the league’s all-freshman team, announced he was transferring.
But there’s good news on the injury front.
“Jaylon is just about full go,” Nagy said. “Once we come back in the summer, I think he’ll be turned loose.
“The last I saw of Grant, he was running and looks good. He’s not limping. He’s a little farther behind than Jaylon, but, hopefully, this summer we’ll have him at full speed.”
Nagy, though, is determined not to get caught again with a limited bench. The Raiders are still shopping for more recruits.
“We have two scholarships left. And I hope by the end of the week, they’ll both be taken up.”
• Baseball: For the second season in a row, the Raiders will play at Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons. They’ll host Northern Kentucky at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free for the Mother’s Day event, but tickets are required to attend. The game will have the fan-friendly environment of a typical Dragons outing. For info, see daytondragons.com/raiderday.
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