Steve Esselink will transfer to Sioux Falls

Steve Esselink will transfer to the University of Sioux Falls, a NAIA Division II school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The 6-6 junior forward averaged 3.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.4 assist per game this past season. However, concerns about playing time and his role with the team led him to transfer to a smaller school.

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.



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