Steve Esselink played 9.7 minutes per game and shot .333 (20-60) from three-point range on the year. Esselink transferred to Minnesota after his freshman season at Augustana College, where he averaged 6.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 1999-2000.
Esselink had hoped to transfer to Augustana. However, his appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility to attend Augustana was not approved. The NCAA imposed the 4-4-4 rule, which states that a player who transfers from a four-year school to another four-year school and then another four-school would have to sit a redshirt season. Esselink has already sat out a redshirt season after leaving Agustana and would not have any remaining eligiblity.
There was talk that Esselink might transfer to NCAA Division III Wisconsin-River Falls and play alongside All-American Rick Melzer.
The Sioux Falls Cougars finished 21-11 last season and lost in the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals. They will lose all three of their double -figure scorers.