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 — are prime examples. Read the full story in The Times Leader.
In eighth year together, Michigan State's coaching staff has rare continuity
Michigan State basketball staff has enjoyed a remarkable level of continuity in recent years. Izzo, Stephens, Fife and Garland are now in their eighth consecutive season together as the program's four coaches. This year, Doug Wojcik rejoins Izzo, his former colleague, in an advisory role for the Spartans. Read more at MLive.
College Basketball Signing Day
Northwestern's new duo is an odd couple and DePaul's class is in nation's top 20. Check out all the latest news from today's signing, including La Lumiere's own Paxson Wojcik inking his commitment to Loyola Chicago. Read the full article in the Chicago Tribune.
Michigan State Brings Back Doug Wojcik
There is a new, yet familiar, face behind Tom Izzo’s bench these days. Former assistant coach Doug Wojcik is back at Michigan State basketball helping Izzo in an advisory role similar to what Brian Gregory did during the 2016-17 season. Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press.
Two legends, lots of dunks and loads of memories from the last time Maryland and Navy met on the court
More than three decades later, Derrick Lewis acknowledges that he and his Maryland teammates took their opponent in the second round of the 1985 NCAA tournament a little too lightly. Hear from Doug Wojcik and other key players from the 1985 matchup in the Baltimore Sun.
Three Little Wolves Commit to Maintain Loyola's Success
After the 2018 NCAA Tournament run, it’s easier for Loyola-Chicago to recruit players because of the exposure the team received. That’s evident by having three commitments from the high school class of 2019 before practice begins. It started in June when Paxson Wojcik announced he was committing to Loyola. Read Nick Schultz's entire column in the Loyola Phoenix.
Fact or fiction? Setting the Record Straight on the Biggest Recruiting Stories
With the stretch run in recruiting upon us, where prospects are lining up visits and trimming their lists, it’s time for a check on a few items and determine if the stories surrounding these players and the programs recruiting them are fact or fiction. Get the update on Paxson Wojcik and others in the Sun Times High School Sports.
Paxson Wojcik Commits to Loyola University Chicago
Loyola received its first commitment for the 2019 recruiting class from Paxson Wojcik, a three-star guard from Indiana who tweeted the news Sunday night. Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.
Paxson Wojcik does not get a chance to play in front of his own student section often. LaLumiere, ranked as the No. 12 high school basketball team in the country by MaxPreps has it all — size, shooting, ball-handing. But playing a national schedule, the prep school program from LaPorte, does not always have a rooting section. Read the full story here.
The Wheeling Central Catholic High School Maroon Knights’ athletic greatness is being
reinforced by its second class of hall of fame honorees, slated for induction
Saturday, Oct. 21 in the Benedum Room on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit
University. Wojcik will be one of 12 individuals and one team who will be honored.
The long-time college basketball coach has been away from the bench for the last three seasons. During that time, the Wheeling Central and Naval Academy graduate had ample time to spend time with his family and watch his two sons (Paxson and Denham) play.
East Carolina has hired former College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik as an assistant. Coach Jeff Lebo announced Wojcik’s hiring Friday, calling him “an exceptional, veteran basketball coach.” Wojcik has spent 25 years in coaching, including stints as the head coach at Tulsa and Charleston.