Month: April 2017

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!

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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!