That’s one way to describe this year’s Class AA boys all-state first team. Said another way, this year’s squad is heavy on great guards.
On this year’s first team are Sam Siganos of Washington, Nate Davis of Watertown, Mason Archambault of Rapid City Stevens, and Hyland Heinz of Huron.
Throw in posts Brevin Kaiser of Pierre and Roosevelt’s Tristan Teichmeier — the two round the first-team squad as selected by the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Association — and the unit has a pair of athletic rim protectors.
Siganos — a 6-foot-3, four-year starter — averaged 15.8 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the runner-up Warriors, and along the way surpassed the program record for career starts. His leadership and feel for the game had palpable effects for Washington.
“He just sees the floor so well. He has such a feel for when to deliver the pass, whether it’s a bounce-pass or up high — just all those little things that are hard to teach,” said Coach Craig Nelson. “We kept telling our bigs, he’ll create 8-10 points for you. All you have to do is catch it inside and finish.”
Siganos served as an extension of Nelson on the court, and his unselfish approach helped facilitate the growth of his less-experienced supporting cast. When Siganos did take his shots, he made the most of them. Siganos leads the 10-player ‘AA’ all-state field with 52 percent shooting from the field (84 for 162) — including a gaudy 44 percent mark from three-point range.
Davis played an instrumental role in helping guide the Arrows to a 15-5 regular-season finish. Whether slashing his way to the basket, dishing a no-look pass on his way in, or stepping out to shoot, Davis commanded plenty of attention from opposing teams. On the season, Davis averaged 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals per game.
“If defenders crowded him on the perimeter, he was able to get into the paint off the dribble. If defenders played him off a bit, he would pull up for his shot,” said Coach Brian Norberg. “Combine that with his ability to create in the open court and he was a very tough cover.”
Archambault and Heinz earned spots on the first team with stellar junior campaigns, and often mixed in at shooting guard. Archambault, a smooth shooter who averaged 16.3 points a game on 44 percent shooting, was a key piece in leading the Raiders to a third-place finish at state. Archambault also added 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per contest, and was a 40 percent shooter from long range.
“Mason is one of the best point guards in the state and maybe one of the best shooters in the state,” said Coach Chris Stoebner, “which is a combination that makes for a really great player.”
Heinz also had a deadly stroke from deep and knocked in 50-of-112 attempts — good for a 44 percent mark. Even though he stands just 5-foot-11, Heinz also impacted the game on the boards — with 4.1 rebounds per game.
“Hyland has worked hard on his outside shooting. He has a quick release and his teammates were able to find him when he is open,” said Coach Tim Buddenhagen. “In order to be a good shooter you can’t have any fear, and through hard work and repetition, Hyland was ready to take the big shot.”
Turning attention to the bigs, Teichmeier took a sizable season step forward this season, as seen by his double-double average (17 points and 13 rebounds a game). On the boards, the 6-foot-5 Roosevelt senior and University of Sioux Falls basketball recruit had arguably no equal.
“We played him twice, and he might have been the best post player we played against all year,” Stoebner said. “Just tenacious off the boards, long and athletic. He was one of those kids where you know what you’re going to get — he’s a double-double guy.”
Teichmeier added components to his offensive game as well. Though he only attempted 49 three-pointers, but he made 20 (41 percent).
Kaiser, a University of South Dakota football recruit, also took his game to new heights this season. He averaged 17.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, and offered an all-around presence with 39 steals and 32 blocks on the season.
“Brevin has always had a great competitive fire,” said Coach Terry Becker. “It’s not a surprise that he became our school’s all-time leading rebounder, because his motor keeps going continually.”
Second team selections include seniors Ben Lauer (O’Gorman), Anthony Bachmeier (Aberdeen Central), Erin Severyn (Pierre), Tanner Frick (Yankton) and Nolan Burchill of the state-champion Lincoln Patriots. Guard Matt Cartwright was the lone junior on the second team.
• Sam Siganos, Washington, sr., guard — 15.8 ppg, 52 percent FG shooting, 4 rpg
• Nate Davis, Watertown, sr., guard — 16 ppg, 4 rpg, 5 apg, 3 spg
• Brevin Kaiser, Pierre, sr., forward — 17.1 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 32 blocks
• Mason Archambault, RC Stevens, jr., guard — 16.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg
• Tristan Teichmeier, Roosevelt, sr., forward — 17 ppgs, 13 rpg
• Hyland Heinz, Huron, jr., guard — 12.2 ppg, 44 percent 3-point shooting, 4.1 rpg
• Ben Lauer, O’Gorman, sr, forward — 11 pg, 5.3 rpg, 2 apg
• Anthony Bachmeier, Aberdeen Central, sr., guard/forward — 13 ppg
• Matt Cartwright, O’Gorman, jr., guard/forward — 12.2 ppg, 41 percent 3-point shooting
• Erin Severyn, Pierre, sr., guard — 11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg
• Tanner Frick, Yankton, sr., guard — 11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.2 spg
• Nolan Burchill, Lincoln, sr., guard — 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 34 steals