Maroons Legends Weekend 2017

On January 20-22, the UChicago Maroons hosted their annual Legends Weekend, as a way to both recognize and celebrate alumni.

To start things off, there was an Alumni Reception on Friday night, sponsored by the generosity of alumni John Davey, which included food, drink, and giveaways for former players, friends and families. Additionally, alumni were invited to watch the Maroons take on Brandeis University, where they were also honored center court, during halftime.

However, there was also a tribute to former head coach John Angelus, made even more special by his two sons being in attendance. Angelus, who passed away at the age of 82, came aboard as Maroons head coach in 1975, after previously serving as an assistant to Joseph Stampf. Angelus went on to coach UChicago men’s basketball for 16 years, while also playing the part of head baseball coach from 1971-78. Between his two leadership roles, Angelus totaled an impressive 201 wins.

Saturday, past and present Maroons got together to play a friendly game of basketball, where there was a heavy focus on having fun on offense…

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And on Sunday, alumni were invited out to watch the Maroons play their last home game of the month, against New York University.

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Thank you to all the alumni for coming out and continuing to support the program, as well as making Legends Weekend a success. Maroon Pride!

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Get To Know: Jake Berhorst

Who? Jake Berhorst. Guard. 6-2. 180. No. 23.

From? Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

High school? Badger.

Studying? Economics.

“Jake has a nice combination offensively between his shooting ability and ability to get to the basket. He handles the ball well and has good quickness which allows him to create for others.” -Coach Mike McGrath.

What sealed the deal on you coming to play basketball for UChicago? “The great group of guys within the program, the incredible academics, and the diverse opportunities offered through the city are three of the main things that sealed the deal on me coming to UChicago.”

What is your favorite thing about Hyde Park, so far? “My favorite thing about Hyde Park so far would have to be the food, we can go out to eat somewhere new every night if we wanted to.”

What NBA player(s) would you compare your game to? “My game can probably best be described as a mix between Peja Stojakovic and Steve Nash.”

What is your favorite meal ever? “My favorite meal ever would have to be ham-steak, corn, and potatoes (S/O Mom).” 

What class at UChicago are you most looking forward to taking?  “I am most excited to begin taking Econ classes to start settling into my major and gaining knowledge that can supplement my career.”

What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from your teammates going into your first season? “I’m not sure if I could narrow it down to one piece of advice from my teammates, but they have been extremely helpful and resourceful when it comes to any questions we might have for them.”

What television show could you binge watch forever? “Grey’s Anatomy.”

What is your favorite sneaker of all time? “Air Force Ones (S/O Ryan Shearmire).”

Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? “SnapChat: thejakeberhorst.”

Do you have any weird pregame rituals? “A weird part about my pregame ritual is that I have never really had a set pregame ritual. I kind of just go with the flow of the day and prepare for the game as best as I can.”

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Get To Know: Sam Sustacek

Who? Sam Sustacek. Center. 6-8. 215. No. 33

From? Plymouth, Minnesota.

High school? Orono.

Studying? Economics.

“Sam is an excellent passer as a post player and he is very willing to play hard and physical. Those are traits that are often hard to find in post recruits. His work ethic and competitiveness are definite strengths.” -Coach Mike McGrath.

What sealed the deal on you coming to play basketball for UChicago? “Being at a fantastic school in such a wonderful city were huge selling points for me. I also had a blast on my visits and really liked the guys and coaches.”

What is your favorite thing about Hyde Park, so far? “Harold’s Chicken Shack. Sensational.”

What NBA player(s) would you compare your game to? “Dirk Nowitzki. I have a weird shot, I’m tall and have floppy blonde hair, but I can still hoop.”

What is your favorite meal ever? “My mom’s chicken pot pie.”

 What song and/or album gets you going most before a game? “Sneakin’ by 21 Savage and Drake.”

What class at UChicago are you most looking forward to taking? “American Sign Language.”

Assemble a dream team starting five of current NBA players…

PG-Mike Conley

SG-James Harden

SF-Kawhi Leonard

PF-Blake Griffen

C-Karl Anthony-Towns.”

What is your favorite basketball moment so far in your life? “The two state tournaments I played in during high school.”

What is your favorite sneaker of all time? “Kyrie 1s.”

Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? “Twitter and Instagram: @samsusty.”

 

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Get To Know: Jordan Baum

Who? Jordan Baum. Guard. 6-3. 182. No. 24.

From? Deerfield, Illinois.

High school? Deerfield.

Studying? Economics.

“Jordan has a terrific feel for the game. He shoots well and is an excellent passer. He really sees the floor well. We are excited about his versatility.” -Coach Mike McGrath.

What sealed the deal on you coming to play basketball for UChicago?The biggest reason I chose UChicago over other schools was the complete dedication to academics while simultaneously remaining competitive year in and year out in athletics.”

What is your favorite thing about Hyde Park, so far?  “I love how there is such easy access to restaurants and stores in every direction, but at the same time Hyde Park has its own very unique vibe that is different from the downtown area.”

What NBA player(s) would you compare your game to?I don’t really know who my game would compare to, but a couple of guys have told me I play like D’Angelo Russell due to being a lefty and not being the most athletic guy on the court, but still finding ways to get things done.”

What is your favorite meal ever?My favorite meal ever is my mom’s chocolate chip pancakes because she isn’t the best cook in the world, so it makes her good meals taste that much better.”

Assemble a dream team starting five of current NBA players… 

PG: Steph Curry 

SG: Kawhi Leonard

SF: LeBron James

PF: Karl-Anthony Towns

C: Anthony Davis”

What did you want to be when you were growing up? “I wanted to be a lawyer, because I have always loved arguing with people and my mom used to tell me that if I was a lawyer I would get to do that every day for the rest of my life.”

What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from your teammates going into your first season?The best advice I’ve gotten is to make sure you take care of your work as efficiently as possible, because once the season starts the hardest thing to do is manage your time with everything going on.”

What television show could you binge watch forever? “Criminal Minds. I think I watched all 11 seasons on Netflix in under a month.”

What is your favorite sneaker of all time? “My favorite shoes ever would have to be Jordan Bred 11’s.”

Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? “Snapchat.”

 

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Get To Know: Mattia Colangelo

Who? Mattia Colangelo. Guard. 6-3. 175. No. 32.

From? Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

High school? Upper Canada College.

Studying? Economics.

“Mattia can really shoot and we love how well he elevates on his shot. He is a good jumper and will only get more athletic as he matures physically. He also has a good feel for how to play the game.” -Coach Mike McGrath.

What is your favorite sneaker of all time? My favorite basketball shoes of all time are the Kobe 4s. They are the first basketball shoes I remember lacing up and playing in and they still hold up to this day as a great shoe.” 

What sealed the deal on you coming to play basketball for UChicago? The combination of a great basketball program and outstanding academics is something that cannot be found at many other schools in the world. When also considering the proximity to the amazing city of Chicago, it was an easy decision.” 

What is your favorite thing about Hyde Park, so far? “A Chipotle and Five Guys within walking distance.” 

What NBA player(s) would you compare your game to? “Personally, I see my game as a combination of Steph Curry, Lebron James and a hint of Joel Embiid.” 

What is your favorite meal ever? “My aunt’s fried chicken and french fries has to be my favorite meal.”

What class at UChicago are you most looking forward to taking? “I’m really excited to take my first Economics class at UChicago.”

Assemble a dream team starting five of current NBA players…

PG: Steph Curry – brings unbelievable shooting and passing to any team, and creates mismatches that are unguardable 

SG: Kawhi Leonard – can defend elite point guards in order to hide Curry on someone else, and brings an elite all around game to the table

SF: Kevin Durant – one of the greatest scorers of all time and can fit in on any team 

PF: LeBron James – Probably the greatest all around player of all time, makes everyone around him much better

C: Karl Anthony Towns – This second year center can do it all on the court and is already the best center in the NBA”

What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from your teammates going into your first season? “Manage your time wisely.”

What is your favorite basketball moment so far in your life? “My high school basketball team winning a game to qualify for the provincial championship, for the first time in school history.” 

What television show could you binge watch forever? “House of Cards is my all-time favorite TV show, and I could watch it all day.” 

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Get To Know: Cole Schmitz

The 2016-17 University of Chicago men’s basketball team has welcomed aboard five newcomers: Jordan Baum, Jake Berhorst, Mattia Colangelo, Cole Schmitz and Sam Sustacek. And with the Maroons season starting up this Tuesday, here is your chance to learn a little more about them.

Who? Cole Schmitz. Forward. 6-5. 195. No. 3.

From? Madison, Wisconsin.

High school? Verona.

Studying? Economics.

“Cole is very advanced physically, which may make his adjustment to college basketball a bit smoother than most. He is strong and athletic and can score in a variety of ways.” -Coach Mike McGrath.

Maroons Prospect Camp: Round Two

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Last weekend, the Maroons got a chance to host a second pair of one-day prospective camps. The camps, which sold out early, featured head coach Mike McGrath, the staff, and team showing high schoolers what the experience of playing basketball at the University of Chicago looks like, while also teaching skills and fundamentals to help campers improve.

Campers and their families had a chance to learn about the men’s basketball program, as well as the university itself.

“We were so glad to be able to host a second round of camp this offseason,” said coach McGrath. “From a basketball perspective, the kids got to go through drills and compete in games, which hopefully gave them an idea of what to expect from college ball. The coaching staff and our team were always available to spread knowledge on the program, and answer questions about attending the University of Chicago. The campers also walked away with fundamental information about the school and campus, via information sessions and campus tours.”

“We treat these camps differently than a lot of places – the focus is not on recruiting, but having fun playing the game with and against great guys from around the countryThe focus is on becoming a better player and developing connections with other players. This is an emphasis of our program and one that we enjoy sharing with the camper.”

A huge thank you to all the campers and their families that came out. Please check out the photo gallery above, for an inside look at what went on this weekend. Maroon pride!

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Offseason Opportunities: Alex Gustafson

Alex Gustafson, Education and Training Intern at Belvedere Trading
Gustafson, on the brink of his senior year, is in his second year of work at Belvedere Trading.
“This summer, I am working as the Education and Training Intern at Belvedere Trading. I worked for Belvedere last summer and had a truly great experience, so I decided I wanted to come back and do it all over again.”
But there are still plenty of new things for Gustafson to learn this time around.
“I’m definitely looking forward to having a new role in the same company. I think it will hopefully help broaden my experience, while still enjoying the culture I already know I love, here at Belvedere.”
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Offseason Opportunities: Tyler Howard

Tyler Howard, Investment Banking Summer Analyst with Stout Risius Ross

Howard, now a senior, is doing some investment banking this summer.

“This summer, I’m working as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst for Stout Risius Ross (SRR). Last summer I applied and got accepted into a three-day finance program at SRR. I was then offered an internship for summer 2016.”

So why did Howard want to get into investment banking in specific?

“I chose to get into investment banking because I wanted to try something new and challenging.”

And what is he most excited about, regarding this opportunity?

“During my time at SRR this summer, I look most forward to learning more about a wide range of different industries, as well as getting a hands on experience with several projects.”

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Offseason Opportunities: Blaine Crawford

Blaine Crawford,  Summer Project Assistant at Sidley Austin LLP

Crawford, a returning senior, is doing work with a law firm this summer.

“I am working as a Summer Project Assistant at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP.  I chose this particular internship because I was interested in getting experience working in a law firm as well as insight into litigation, establishing connections in the field, and working with legal practitioners first hand.”

How did Crawford get this opportunity? And what is he most excited about?

“I was able to secure this great opportunity through networking. In terms of what I’m looking forward to most, I would say just learning from everyone around me, along with working on projects that I can see the outcomes in (ex. actual court cases). I was interested in getting a close look at the intersection between law, corporations, and politics and I feel that Sidley is one of the best places to do just that.”