2017 Maroons Prospect Camp

This past weekend, the Maroons held a pair of one-day prospect camps, geared towards high school juniors and seniors. Hosted by head coach Mike McGrath, assistant coaches Jason Petti and Bryan Joel and the men’s basketball team, ¬†the camp served as a way to learn about collegiate basketball here at the University of Chicago, as well as the university itself.

“Last weekend was a tremendous success,” said coach McGrath. “The campers seemed to really enjoy themselves, while also learning a great amount from the coaching staff and team. We made sure to pass down some knowledge about playing college basketball and answered questions they may have had about attending school as a Maroon;¬†we wanted to provide a look into both our program and UChicago as a whole. I believe this is of utmost importance for the kids, and they get to have fun while learning something valuable.”

On a basketball level, the kids participated in practice drills and played full games.

“Our prospect camp is great opportunity for guys to get a sense of how they match up against other potential college basketball players,” explains junior guard Jake Fenlon. “Additionally, by running the same drills we do everyday in practice, the campers are able to get a feel for what collegiate basketball is really all about. From understanding what it takes to be able to score within a college offense, to developing defensively, our camp activities serve as a way to educate high school players on what is potentially to come.”

However, they also took a tour of the campus and attended information sessions hosted by the admissions office, about things such as the application process.

“Attending our camp is a great way for kids to learn about the unique culture here at UChicago,” says freshman guard Jordan Baum. “It also lets guys see the campus that may not have had the opportunity to otherwise, on top of getting first-hand information from the admissions staff. They also get to meet the team and ask questions about what the school is like, and how to best transition to life as a collegiate student-athlete.”

The camp certainly served as a tool for parents to learn more too.

The Maroons want to extend a huge thank you to all of the players and their families, for coming out and spending a part of their weekend in Ratner Athletics Center. The program will be hosting a second weekend of camp in September, although dates have yet to be set. For more information closer to the fall, visit our website at: http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/mbkb/index 

And for a look back at some of the best moments from this round of camp, check out the slideshow¬†below…

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Maroon Pride!

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Waller Perez

Finishing up our¬†senior series, it is time to check out Waller Perez’s four years with the team…

Perez, a 6-5 forward out of Berywn, Illinois, has played in 81 games during his time as a Maroon, having started in 71 of them. He averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game over his four years at UChicago, with his numbers coming in at a fantastic 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per matchup, his senior year.

With that, he led the team in points for 2016-17, alongside also totaling the fourth-highest field-goal shooting percentage for a season in school history, at 58.3 percent. He also holds the number one spot for career field-goal shooting, with 55.2 percent.

The forward recorded 25 points on November 27 against DePauw University, as well as on December 18 versus Rhodes College.

Due to his impressive run this season, Perez was named Second Team All-UAA. This is after already being selected to the UChicago All-Tournament team.

Perez will finish his time as a Maroon, ranking first in school history in field-goal percentage, with a whopping 55.2 percent.

He totals 873 points, 311 rebounds and 119 assists.

Getting his degree in economics, Perez is already pursuing a job in banking and equity research.

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Congratulations to Waller Perez on a great run as a University of Chicago Maroon. His hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, and will be greatly missed by the program. Best of luck to him, as he begins his new chapter of life!

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Blaine Crawford

Today, we look back at Blaine Crawford’s career at the¬†University of Chicago…

Crawford, a 6-8 forward out of St. Paul, Minnesota, has played in 83 games over the last four years, starting 23 games as a senior. Averaging 7.5 points and 5.4 rebounds a matchup over his career, the big man had a tremendous 2016-17 season: in 28.5 minutes of play, Crawford averaged 15.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest.

This placed him second on the team in scoring, and first in rebounding.

He was named UAA Player of the Week on two separate occasions this year, also having been voted the UChicago Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. And most recently, Crawford was honored with making First Team All-UAA.

The senior posted a season-high 26 points on December 18 at Rhodes University, having also grabbed 9 rebounds. And on December 20, Crawford grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he posted 15 points as well.

In fact, he recorded a double-double on 11 occasions this year.

Crawford’s season field-goal percentage (61.7 percent) is the second-highest in UChicago history, while also leading the UAA in said category and ranking No. 20¬†in NCAA Division III basketball period. He also comes in No. 8 in free throws in a season (103) and No. 9 in rebounds in a season (229).

In total, the forward finishes his career as a Maroon with a total of 621 points and 446 rebounds.

Upon graduation with a degree in Political Science, Crawford is going to work for Accenture, as a management consulting analyst. He also plans on attending law school, later on down the line.

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Congratulations to Blaine Crawford on a four years to remember, as a University of Chicago Maroon! He will undoubtedly be missed by not just the team, but program as a whole. Only the best of luck to him, on his future endeavors.

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Alex Gustafson

Our ode to the 2016-17 seniors continue, this time highlighting Alex Gustafson’s career as a University of Chicago Maroon.

Gustafson, a 6-3 guard from Oak Park, has seen time in 32 games over his four years at UChicago. Averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 rebound a contest during this time, the senior had his fair share of trouble with injury. Although he participated in 22 contests as a freshman and sophomore, Gustafson was unfortunately sidelined only after five games during his junior year. Due to similar circumstances, he also only played in five matchups in the team’s 2016-17 campaign.

However, while on the court, Gustafson wasted no time being productive; as a freshman, he recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds against the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Despite being unable to see much time on the floor, the Illinois native still acted as a superb motivator for the rest of the squad. Whether from the bench at games, a participant during practice or just hanging out with teammates, Gustafson became a strong source of support for the Maroons. He was also named to the UAA All-Academic team two years in a row.

As he graduates this spring with a degree in Public Policy, Gustafson has already begun pursuing a job in financial services.

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Congratulations to Alex Gustafson for being a key member of the University of Chicago Maroons. His leadership both on and off of the court will be greatly missed, and we wish him nothing but the best of luck, moving forward!

The 2016-17 Senior Class: Tyler Howard

As the University of Chicago Maroons defeated the Washington University in St. Louis Bears on Saturday, February 25, the 2016-17 season officially came to an end.

The Maroons closed out this year with a 16-9 overall record, going 8-6 in the University Athletic Association. The team won eight games at home and seven on the road, some of their best victories including defeats over WashU and No. 4 nationally ranked University of Rochester.

Leading the way this year were seniors Blaine Crawford, Alex Gustafson, Tyler Howard and Waller Perez, each having contributed in their own unique ways.

And today, it is time to look back at Howard’s time with UChicago.

Howard, a 6-foot guard out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has played in 82 games over his career as a Maroon, starting in 73 of them. Having averaged 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists a game over his four years here, the senior had a strong 2016-17 performance: Howard averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per matchup this past season.

He also led the team in steals with 26, and posted the fifth-most season assists in school history, with 119.

The guard scored a season-high 18 points versus Carroll University on November 26, while also totaling 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists against Kalamazoo College on December 3.

However, Howard made a name for himself well before his senior year.

During UChicago’s 2014-15 campaign, Howard placed himself third in the history books for steals, with 46. He also came in fourth in assists, with 129.

Overall, Howard finishes No. 2 in total assists with 346, and is tied for the No. 6 spot in total steals, with 97.

He will also finish his career with 698 points and 246 rebounds.

Upon graduating with degrees in Public Policy and Psychology, Howard will be working for Stout Risius Ross as an investment banker.

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Congratulations to Tyler Howard, on a remarkable run as a University of Chicago Maroon. And a huge thank you to his family, for all of the support they have provided the program over the years. Here is to a bright future ahead!

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!

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‚Äôve 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.”

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‚Äôs Chicken Shack. Sensational.”

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

What is your favorite meal ever? “My mom‚Äôs chicken pot pie.”

¬†What song and/or album gets you going most before a game? “Sneakin‚Äô 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.”

 

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‚Äôve 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.”

 

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‚Äôs fried chicken and french fries has to be my favorite meal.”

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

Assemble a dream team starting five of current NBA players…

PG: Steph Curry Рbrings 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 Рone 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‚Äôve 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.”¬†