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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!

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!

UChicago Men’s Basketball Prospect Camp

This weekend, the UChicago Maroons hosted a men’s basketball prospect camp. A¬†unique opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to get an inside look at what it means to be a collegiate student-athlete, this camp featured on-court activities designed to replicate techniques and drills used in daily practice. There were also games played each afternoon, in order to give the students a chance to show off their skills. The off-court activities included a campus tour given by a member of the coaching staff, as well as an admissions info session.

To check out the brochure, click here: mbb-camp-brochure-2015

To see what the UChicago Maroons and their campers were up to, check out the photo gallery below!

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Ian Joyce and Royce Muskeyvalley: A Senior Day Tribute

As the season comes to an end with the UChicago Maroons facing the WashU Bears on Saturday at 3 p.m. (away), the nek55w795rquagk8Maroons 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.

f6z7fnrhdfiaaw31During 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 ikih230j5ydfzzshthree 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!

Final Words Of 2014

In honor of the holiday season and the upcoming new year, here is a statement from UChicago Maroons head coach, Mike McGrath.

Happy New Year!

The calendar year is coming to a close! Therefore, we would like to take a minute to not only thank you for all of the support this season, but take a look back at things so far, and give you a preview of what is to come!

The UChicago Maroons have played a total of 10 games, currently making them 7-3; four of these games have been at home while the other six were on the road. They took part in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic in Baltimore and made a trip to the White House and Capitol during the trip.  They also won their own UChicago tournament. They have scored an average of 72.6 points per game and won five of their seven victories by a double-digit margin.

During the first week of action, the Maroons made it onto D3hoops.com’s Top 25 list, coming in at 23. And by the end of week two they climbed the charts, making it to 17. On December 3, it was announced that junior Eric Robinson was one of 251 student-athletes nominated for the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams.

While the Maroons will play their first game of 2015 on January 3, January 10 will mark the start of conference play. UChicago will take on Washington at 3 p.m. that Saturday, with Rochester and Emory coming to Ratner the following weekend.  These first three home UAA games will be huge as they attempt to win the conference title.

 * The Maroons appreciate all of your encouragement, and will continue to update our fans here, as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

* As a reminder, alumni should be making plans for alumni weekend (Jan 30-Feb 1) with the major activities on Saturday afternoon.  An email invitation will be coming in early January.

* Also, there are still a few days to get your 2014 donations to the basketball program at: http://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/makeagift

Happy holidays, here is to a wonderful 2015.

Maroon Pride!

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Senior Ian Joyce Gives Thanks

The UChicago Maroons’ season is off to a 3-1 start, with the Maroons finally hosting their first home game of the year¬†this Saturday at 3 p.m. And although the team already has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, from getting to tour the White House to making D3Hoops.com Top 25 list, Ian Joyce took a moment to look at the bigger picture: