As the season comes to an end with the UChicago Maroons facing the WashU Bears on Saturday at 3 p.m. (away), the Maroons celebrated Senior Day at Ratner Athletic Center last Sunday. Ian Joyce and Royce Muskeyvalley will both be graduating this June, officially transitioning from current Maroons into alumni.
Joyce, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Middleton, Wisconsin joined the team as a freshman in 2011. He appeared in seven games, averaging 1.9 points and 7 rebounds. In games against the Kalamazoo Hornets and the Case Western Reserve Spartans, Joyce scored four points in three minutes of play.
In his sophomore year, Joyce played in 22 games and averaged 3 points and 2.7 rebounds, He came second on the team in blocks with 11, pulling down a season best six rebounds against Case Western Reserve. He scored nine points against the Brandeis Judges and the Rochester Yellowjackets.
During the 2013-2014 season, Joyce was forced to sit out due to injury, and was also sidelined for the majority of this year. However, Joyce remained an integral part of the team, acting as a leader for the younger guys. A Public Policy major, Joyce has accepted a job in Madison, Wisconsin with First Business Bank, after graduation.
A 5-foot-11 guard out of Rock Island, Illinois, Muskeyvalley also joined the Maroons in 2011. He played in all 25 games and averaged 4.1 points, 2.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds. He ranked third on the team in assists with 13, and scored a season-best 16 points against Emory. He also had 12 points and 4 steals against the Hornets.
In 2012, Muskeyvalley was an All-UAA Honorable Mention. He started 23 out of the 25 games, and averaged 8.4 points, 3.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds. He hit double-digit points in 10 games and scored 18 against Rochester.
During his junior year, Muskeyvalley made Second Team All-UAA. He started all 25 games and averaged 10.1 points and 1.8 rebounds. He led the team in assists (92) and steals (34), as well as posted double-digit scoring in 11 games. His season-high was against Case Western Reserve, where he scored 24 points and also had 22 points and 5 assists against WashU. He made game-winning jumpers in three games on the season.
Muskeyvalley missed this year due to injury but along with Joyce, continued to be a mentor to the rest of the team. Muskeyvalley majored in Political Science and will either do Teach For America or possibly return to campus to play next season, upon graduation.
A big thank you to both seniors for their four years of hard work and dedication, and UChicago wishes them the best of luck moving forward! Maroon pride!