5 Keys to the Black Hills State men’s basketball 2022-23 season

SPEARFISH, S.D. – With another strong recruiting class and a solid group of returning players, the Black Hills State men’s basketball team seems poised to make another deep run in the postseason.

Black Hills State is coming off a historic season, advancing to the Final Four in the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.


Here are five things that could play a key role in the teams success during the 2022-23 season.


* Black Hills State returns nine key contributors from last season, including all five starters.

* Joel Scott led the Yellow Jackets last year with 23 points and 10 rebounds per game.

* Sindou Cisse and Adam Moussa, who both averaged 14 points and five rebounds per game, are also expected to play major roles this season.

* Black Hills State added five freshmen in the offseason, along with junior transfer Matthew Ragsdale from Western Colorado University.

Ragsdale averaged 21.5 points per game last year.

“We’ve got a veteran group,” said BHSU head men’s basketball coach Ryan Thompson. “We’ve added a key transfer in Matthew Ragsdale. Then we’ve got some freshmen guards that we’re really excited about that we think can help as well. So we’ll be deeper than we’ve been in the past and we’ll have great experience.”



* The Black Hills State men’s basketball team was picked to finish first in the RMAC. Plus the Yellow Jackets were also ranked No. 10 in the preseason NABC National Coaches’ Poll. But Coach Thompson feels it will be a challenge to win the RMAC again this year.

“I think the top of the RMAC is as good as its ever been in my eight years here,” said Thompson. “I really thinks there’s three teams that can win it all. Colorado Mesa, bringing back almost their whole team and had their best player out last year. They’re going to be right there. Colorado Mines brings back two fifth-year guards that have had great careers and then they added two Division I impact transfers.”


Black Hills State opens the season on Friday, Nov. 11 in Oklahoma City.

The Yellow Jackets will play the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith on Friday followed by Oklahoma Christian University on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets home opener is Wednesday, Nov. 23 against Montana State University Billings.


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