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.
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.
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.
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, son of Lael and Doug 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, son of Lael and Doug 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 (son of Lael and Doug Wojcik) and others in the Sun Times High School Sports.