North Dakota State and South Dakota State men’s basketball didn’t need another reason to continue their Summit League rivalry. On Tuesday, the rivalry grew by a pair when Lincoln Pius X senior Sam Hastreiter announced his commitment to NDSU. Last week his twin brother Jack committed to SDSU.
“It just felt right. Throughout the whole process I never had anything specific I was looking for,” Sam said. “I just knew that the place I would go would feel right and Fargo just felt right.”
Hastreiter recently narrowed his choices from Omaha, NDSU and SDSU down to NDSU and SDSU. An official visit to Fargo in September and the relationship built with Bison head coach Dave Richman and assistant coach Josh Sash were big factors in his decision.
“They were super cool. We got super close pretty quick,” Hastreiter said of his relationship with the Bison staff. “Everything they would say and the way they went about things seemed right.”
The 6-6 forward averaged 9.3 points and five rebounds last season. It was his versatility that the Bison liked the most.
“They see me as a versatile player that can play outside and inside,” he said. “I can guard the post but also have the ability to stretch the floor.”
The brothers have played separately before. Sam played for Nebraska Supreme while Jack was with Lincoln Supreme National I last summer. Jack will initially walk-on for the Jackrabbits.
“It will be a fun rivalry for sure. I don’t think you could’ve written that better and we are going to two of the top teams in the Summit,” Sam said. “I am happy that he landed at a place that really wants him and he really likes but I am going to want to beat him.”
Kyle to Jackrabbits
The Hastreiter twins aren’t the only ones familiar with each other to commit to schools in the Summit League. Bellevue West senior William Kyle announced his commitment to SDSU on Oct. 4.
Kyle was Sam Hastreiter’s teammate on Nebraska Supreme in the summer.