In his 29 years of coaching, Augustana mens basketball coach Tom Billeter has coached more kids to stardom, than Simon Cowell. And with one of the top DII classes signed for this season, he thinks the hits will keep on coming.
"We have a tremendous class led by Zach Huisken, Daniel Jansen and Casey Schilling." says Billeter.
For the first time in four seasons, the Vikings move forward without star Cody Schilling, a three-time all conference selection and the school's all-time leading scorer.
"I'll miss the last guy but we have a lot of talent from a season ago and the new guys are great." says Billeter.
In the leadership department, Augustana returns two key seniors from last years 17-11 NCAA Tournament team, including forward Leif Nomeland and first team all-NSIC guard Cameron McCaffrey.
"It's our job to lead this team and put the players in the right position to make plays." says Nomeland.
At the Elmen Center, the bar is always set high, with the Vikings having made the dance in four of the last five seasons. However with youth being served, this will be a work in progress.
"This team will be good but we have to grow as a team." says Billeter.
The test will come early as the Northern Sun Conference is always tough.
"It's like the Big East. The fight is always great on any given night." says McCaffrey.
The Vikings are off to a 5-0 start to the season.