Following a college career where he finished as Central Michigan's all-time leader in assists and a brief stint overseas, Chris Fowler now finds his way to Arizona. Read the full story in the Arizona Daily Sun.
Ypsilanti Lincoln basketball phenom Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the country for the 2022 class, committed to Michigan State basketball during a live interview on ESPN on Monday. Read the full story in USA Today.
Harvard added to a successful 2021 recruiting class on Saturday by landing a pledge from French native Louis Lesmond. The four-star prospect joins Bennett Pitcher and Denham Wojcik, son of Lael and Doug Wojcik. Read the full article in 247 Sports.
Tom Izzo has been named of the 100 most influential people in college basketball by Silver Waves Media. The list is comprised of college coaches, conference commissioners, and other people impacting the college basketball world. Read the full story here.
Harvard kicked off its 2021 class with one of the sturdiest, most tough-minded lead guards found in America. Denham Wojcik, a 6-foot-1 junior and three-star recruit, gave his verbal commitment to the Crimson on Friday afternoon. Read the full story in Basketball Recruiting.
With March Madness canceled because of the coronavirus, we looked back at 16 of the most memorable first-round games involving teams from D.C., Maryland and Virginia on Thursday. After the weekend that normally would have decided the tournament’s Sweet 16, here are eight of the most memorable second-round games involving the same subset of schools. Read the full article in the Washington Post.
Tom Izzo cleaned his closet. He plans on cleaning his garage. He slept until 9 a.m. Saturday morning and he can’t remember the last time he stayed in bed that late. If ever. Though the extra zzz’s came after he’d risen at 5 a.m. to watch a little film. Because, well, “it was something to do.” Read the full article in Yahoo! Sports.
The cancellation of the NCAA tournament thanks to the spread of COVID-19 has hit sports fans everywhere hard. Of course, the athletes and coaching staff who worked extremely hard to be in a position to succeed in the annual dance are now dealing with a serious void. Read the full article in Detroit Sports Nation.
There were brooms and there street and sidewalks to be swept. Jordan Clarkson was there in the crowd, relishing another playoff series victory by his hometown San Antonio Spurs. Read the full article in The Athletic.
Denham Wojcik, son of Lael and Doug Wojcik, is a cerebral player when he’s on the basketball court. The La Lumiere junior is savvy, does the little things and plays as hard as possible for 32 minutes. Nothing less would be expected from a son of a coach, team leader and a point guard who has a scholarship offer from Harvard. Read the full article in the Wheeling News-Register.
‘The man don’t sleep’: Untold stories of Wolverine slayer Cassius Winston
Michigan Statue University's Cassius Winston went to bed around 4 a.m. on Sunday, closing his eyes in the infinite silence of those predawn hours, when everyone else is long asleep. Read the full article in The Athletic.
Denham Wojcik, son of Lael and Doug Wojcik, is a cerebral player when he’s on the basketball court. The La Lumiere junior is savvy, does the little things and plays as hard as possible for 32 minutes. Nothing less would be expected from a son of a coach, team leader and a point guard who has a scholarship offer from Harvard. Read the full article in The Times Leader.
From Wolves to Ramblers, this pack of first-year players is experienced playing basketball with each other. Guards Paxson Wojcik, son of Doug and Lael Wojcik, and Marquise Kennedy and forward Tom Welch all played on the same Illinois Wolves team before joining Loyola this season. Red the full article in the Loyola Phoenix.
There isn’t much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship. Read the full article in the Associated Press.
Dreams Lead Wheeling Native Doug Wojcik to Final Four
Doug Wojcik remembers it like it was yesterday. A young, bright-eyed kid, who lived on Wheeling Island, getting up each morning and picking up his basketball and heading to the outdoor courts at Belle Isle to get some shots up. “My dreams were probably a little bit bigger than most, but I was always dreaming of what could be,” Wojcik said. Read the full article in the Wheeling News-Register.
Understanding Michigan State is found on the road back to Minneapolis
The Michigan State team bus rolled by the jet-black spaceship parked beside MN-55 just over five months ago. U.S. Bank Stadium is an enormous mass of angles and glass and sharp dimensions. It is impossible to miss. That's why all the necks in the bus craned to the left, looking west. They didn't know they were looking into a crystal ball. Read the full article here.
Duke's young stars are one and done, and Tom Izzo's old guys made sure of it
Tom Izzo had been talking for close to an hour Saturday night, killing time until he went to meet with his players to make last-minute plans for their game Sunday in the East Region final against Duke. Read the full article in the Chicago Tribune.
Reporter John Feinstein dissects the roller coaster ride that was the East Region Final and the defining moment that shattered Izzo’s 1-11 record against the Blue Devils. Read the full story in the Washington Post.
To get where you want to go in life, sometimes tough decisions and sacrifices have to be made. The Brothers Wojcik — Paxson and Denham — (sons of Lael and Doug Wojcik) are prime examples. Read the full story in The Times Leader.