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#10 Luke Stephens


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#10 Luke Stephens


#10 Luke Stephens

Luke is really hungry. He is always wanting to grow both on and off the court. Whether he knows it or not, he’s pushed a lot of guys on the team through his work ethic and desire to grow.
— Canaan Coffey, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'1 Sophomore Guard

  • Appeared in 12 games as a Freshman

  • 1,100 point scored at Fairfield High School

  • Averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists over a three year career

  • All conference, all area and all state performer in high school


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because of the way they are a molder of men. I was attracted to the way the program leads spiritually through experiences. I loved the Christian atmosphere and the success they have had on and off the court.

IAm3 is...

Iam3 is putting God First, others second, and yourself third. Finding a way to put God First and to serve others before yourself will in turn lift you up. To be first, you have to find a way to be third.

Fearless is...

Fearless is a mindset to attack all aspects of life on and off the court with confidence. It means not being afraid of failure because the only way to succeed is to first fail.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The IWU coaching staff definitely lives the IAm3 lifestyle. I personally see them constantly putting God first and others second. They are servers and molders of men. They have a great work ethic and are fearless in their everyday lives.


Luke Stephens ON THE WEB


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#11 Isaiah Payton


#11 Isaiah Payton


#11 Isaiah Payton

Isaiah’s competitiveness and leadership are developing him into the next great IWU point guard. He is hungry to grow in all aspects of life while pushing his teammates to become better versions of themselves as well.
— Kyle Mangas, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'0 Sophomore Point Guard

  • Played in 36 games as a freshman backing up starting point guard Joel Okafer on an Elite 8 team

  • Played for Coach Carl Kremer at Cincinnati Moeller High School

  • Starting PG on 2018 OHSAA State Champion and 2017 OHSAA State Runner Up

  • Led team to a 62-5 record in three seasons as a starter at Moeller


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

The culture and the brotherhood and also the tradition of the basketball program is the best. It will make me a better person in the future.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is living to help others and get outside yourself to focus on the other.

Fearless is...

Fearless is giving it your all on every play.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaches are young, experienced and great role models for the team


Isaiah Payton ON THE WEB


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#13 Tanner Rubio


#13 Tanner Rubio


#13 Tanner Rubio

Tanner is a crafty, high IQ player who can light it up from deep. He is a team guy and always puts his teammates above himself. He lives with tremendous joy and seeks to impact others through his fun, outgoing personality.
— Canaan Coffey, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6’1 Senior Point Guard

  • Played last 3 seasons at NCAA Division 1 Jacksonville University (FL)

  • Scored a career high 31 points his freshman season against Stetson University

  • Earned Atlantic-Sun All-Freshman Team honors after nearly shooting 50% from 3

  • Prepped at The Masters Academy in Maitland, FL


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

God gave me peace about coming here the second I stepped foot on campus.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is having legitimate joy for someone else’s success.

Fearless is...

Fearless is using the strength and courage that God laid out for you through preparation.

The IWU coaching staff is...

A staff that demonstrates love and grace by pouring into us in ways other than basketball. However, through basketball they show their faith in every single player to exceed their expectations by pushing them to new limits.


Tanner Rubio ON THE WEB


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#15 Tim Adetukasi


#15 Tim Adetukasi


#15 Tim Adetukasi

Tim is a great source of energy for our team. He’s always the loudest guy in the gym and is constantly encouraging us to be the best we can be.
— Trevor Harrell, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'6 Freshman Forward

  • Prepped at Saddleback Valley Christian School where he averaged 15 ppg and 7 rbg as a Junior

  • Was a member of the U15 and U16 England National Team

  • Originally from Essex, London (UK)


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

There’s a culture here which not only allows me to grow as a basketball player, but also as a man and follower of Christ.

IAm3 is...

A commitment that every player who comes through the program commits to. It consists of not just playing but living to serve God and others before yourself.

Fearless is...

Our team motto. Each player should go into a game wanting to give their all, free from judgement and any consequences.

The IWU coaching staff is...

A group of men I wish to learn from every day. They have more knowledge in all areas of life and I want to soak up as much as I can during my time at IWU.  


Tim Adetukasi ON THE WEB


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#20 Noah Smith


#20 Noah Smith


#20 Noah Smith

Noah is a competitor. He is a lockdown defender and can get a bucket if you need it! He’s a leader through the way he plays and carries himself. I’m excited to see how he grows this year.
— Canaan Coffey, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6’0 Freshman Guard

  • Prepped at Hamilton Southeastern in Fishers, Indiana

  • Was a 4 year starter at HSE averaging 10.5 points, 5.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game as a senior

  • Studying Business Administration at IWU


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because IWU gives me the chance to be in a great environment and be intentional about my walk with God.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is putting God and others above yourself. Having this mindset when going through everyday life is what helps me become a better person.

Fearless is...

Fearless is no matter what the result, you have a positive and attacking mindset. Not everything is always going to go as planned but when you’re confident and playing fearless it’s easier to overcome those obstacles.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff here at IWU is a group of great role models who know the game of basketball but also push us to become better individuals every day.


Noah Smith ON THE WEB


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#21 Trevor Harrell


#21 Trevor Harrell


#21 Trevor Harrell

Trevor is a great teammate that will always make sure everyone on the team is getting better on and off the court.
— Michael Zitney, Sophomore


QUICK FACTS

  • 5'10 Senior Guard

  • Played in 16 games for the Wildcats in 2018-2019

  • Played for Coach Zach Hahn at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana

  • Averaged 7.7 points, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals as a senior

  • Transfer from Cincinnati Christian University


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

When I stepped foot on IWU's campus for the first time, I knew there was something special about this school. After talking to the coaches, I realized that they valued my spiritual development more than my basketball development. To my family and me, we felt as if that is what was best for my future. 

IAm3 is...

IAm3 represents how we live our lives on and off the court. This builds a selfless mentality that will help you succeed in every aspect in life. 

Fearless is...

 Fearless is being able to live without fear. You aren't afraid of failure, because it represents an opportunity to learn. 

The IWU coaching staff is...

This coaching staff here at IWU is much more than just coaches to us. They're leaders in basketball, but also with how they walk with God. Each coach challenges us every day physically, mentally, and spiritually. 


Trevor Harrell ON THE WEB


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#23 Michael Zitney


#23 Michael Zitney


#23 Michael Zitney

Michael is a big guy, but his heart is even bigger. He loves others and has a desire to work hard and compete.
— Michael Thompson III, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'9 Sophomore Center

  • Has won rings in two of the past three seasons, first as a member of Massillon-Jackson team that won the OHSAA State Title and then at IWU

  • Pre-med major

  • 3.9 GPA


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because the program was not only going to push me to become the best basketball player I can be but the best husband, father and scholar. I knew I would be surrounded by a group of guys that will always bring the best out of me on and off the court.

IAm3 is...

I am 3rd is a lifestyle that our basketball program lives by. We always look to put God first and then others before ourselves. This lifestyle creates a selfless attitude that will follow us for the rest of our lives.

Fearless is...

Fearless is a mindset that the coaches have instilled into our minds as a habit. To be fearless you must attack every task without hesitation. Living a fearless lifestyle with God by your side will position you for success.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The IWU coaching staff is more than basketball coaches, they are men who are role models. They are leaders in our lives who set an example to grow with God and become men of honesty and hard work.


Michael Zitney ON THE WEB


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#24 Kyle Mangas


#24 Kyle Mangas


#24 Kyle Mangas

The thing that sticks out to me when I think about Kyle is his humility. He leads by example by how he carries himself on the court. He is a great teammate and he has developed into a strong leader!
— Canaan Coffey, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'3 Junior Guard

  • 2x NAIA 1st Team All American, 2x Crossroads League Player of the Year, 2019 Crossroads League Athlete of the Year and 2018 NAIA National Tournament Most Outstanding Player

  • Averaged 23.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore

  • Has scored 1,619 points in his first 2 years at IWU

  • Career high 40 points in top 10 matchup against Saint Francis his freshman year

  • 2017 Indiana All-Star

  • 1450 career points at Warsaw High School for Coach Doug Ogle

  • Averaged 22.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists as a senior

  • Went 61-17 as a three year starter, including three straight Northern Lakes Conference titles, and appearances in the Elite 8 (Senior Year) and Final 4 (Junior Year) of the IHSAA 4A State Tournament

  • 4.0 GPA


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because I knew it would be a place where I could grow spiritually, academically, and athletically. I really connected with the coaches and players and realized that it would be a great fit. 

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is a mentality to put God first in everything you do, to serve others second, and to concentrate on yourself third. It is all about living life in humility. 

Fearless is...

Being fearless is about not being afraid to fail. Whatever you do, be confident and do not let the fear of making a mistake hold you back from achieving great things. 

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff is one of a kind. They are fantastic leaders, extremely encouraging and great role models. Living the IAm3 lifestyle daily and being a man to their wife and kids, they are people who set a powerful example to us. 


Kyle Mangas ON THE WEB


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#30 Jonathan Mpanzu


#30 Jonathan Mpanzu


#30 Jonathan mpanzu

When I think about Jonathan the first thing that comes to my mind is how hard he works! He strives to want to get better not just only in basketball but in his relationship with Christ.
— Kyle Mangas, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'5 Sophomore Forward

  • Played in 28 games as a Freshman, starting 2

  • Scored a career high 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and had 3 assists in a win over Ohio Christian

  • Prepped at Stebbins HS in Dayton, Ohio

  • Named 1st Team All-GWOC as a senior

  • Averaged 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists his senior season


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I picked IWU because of the Christ-filled culture, great coaching staff, and teammates.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is made for you to be selfless instead of selfish.

Fearless is...

Fearless is giving anything you are doing 100% without being fearful of the outcome because you know God is with you.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaches are well rounded men/mentors that are strong in their faith and know the game of basketball.


Jonathan Mpanzu ON THE WEB


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#32 Spencer Piercefield


#32 Spencer Piercefield


#32 Spencer Piercefield

Spencer is a worker. He’s always finding a way to get extra shots up throughout the week. I can see why he’s a knockdown shooter - it’s because he puts in the time. Off the court, Spencer carries himself so well. He leads with his humble spirit, and reflects Christ through his care for others.
— Canaan Coffey, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'0 Freshman Guard

  • Prepped at Center Grove HS in Greenwood, Indiana

  • Won 36 games and 2 sectional titles his junior and senior seasons

  • Set the school record with 162 made 3’s and 8 in a single game

  • Studying to be a Youth Pastor


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because this is where God was leading me. I love the culture of the school and the basketball program. The coaches put your faith and relationship with God above basketball, which is what I was looking for.

IAm3 is...

Everything. Iam3 means God first, others second, and yourself third. When we live by this we are living out our mission to love others and serve them just as Christ has done for us.

Fearless is...

Living in the Spirit and being who God created you to be. You don’t hold back or shy away form being you. On the basketball court that translates to playing with joy and using the talents God gave you to glorify him.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff fills a lot of roles. Besides just being our coaches, they are invested in our lives and want to see us grow in areas other than basketball. They care about us as people and that goes well beyond the gym.


Spencer Piercefield ON THE WEB


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#33 Canaan Coffey


#33 Canaan Coffey


#33 canaan coffey

Canaan truly embodies what it means to be a leader, a Christ follower and a friend. He has made me feel so comfortable being a new member of the team and school by simply answering questions, giving me advice, spending time with me and just investing in my life. Canaan is the type of person you need in your life.
— Spencer Piercefield, Freshman


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'2 Senior Guard

  • Averaging 7.3 points on 41.5 3FG% in career

  • Hit a career high 8 threes in a game against Olivet Nazarene his Junior season

  • 34-74 (46%) from 3 in last 13 games of Sophomore season

  • As a Freshman, went 22-30 from 3 over a four game stretch in November

  • Averaged 15.8 points per game and made 88 3 points for Batavia High School

  • Set school records with 83 receptions and 1,154 yards as a wide receiver

  • Named Kane County Athlete of the Year for his accomplishments in both sports

  • 4.0 GPA


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because this program doesn't put its primary focus on basketball, but rather on your relationship with Christ.  Every time I visited throughout the recruiting process I would hear stories about how God was working in the lives of the players rather than just their success on the court.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is a lifestyle by which everyone should live.  By living out IAm3, you begin to experience God in bigger ways.  All of us should look to Christ as the ultimate example of selflessness and humility, and use that as the foundation to our life.

Fearless is...

Being fearless is about approaching each and every day with a goal in mind and not letting anyone or anything get in between you and that goal.  Throughout the process, you understand God is always by your side guiding you.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff at IWU is so unique in the sense that their main focus is figuring out how to develop us as followers of Jesus.  They've made it a point to be intentional about their relationships with players, and have made a big impact on me both on and off the court.


Canaan Coffey ON THE WEB


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#34 Michael Thompson III


#34 Michael Thompson III


#34 Michael Thompson III

Michael Thompson is a guy that brings a ton of versatility and experience to this IWU team. I am excited to learn from him and see him grow on and off the court.
— Tim Adetukasi, Freshman


QUICK FACTS

  • 6’5 Junior Wing

  • Transfer from NCAA D2 Trevecca Nazarene University

  • Averaged 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds his final season

  • Prepped at Mt. Vernon-Fortville HS in McCordsville, Indiana


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

IWU provided me with an opportunity to continue my academic and athletic career in a campus culture where I’m more than just a number. I matter here, along with every other student, faculty, or staff member. Most importantly I have the unique ability to grow in my faith at a pace that is fit for me.

IAm3 is...

Iam3 is serving others. Putting other people before yourself and doing what you can to glorify God in the process.

Fearless is...

Fearless is understanding your abilities, acting on them, and expecting a positive result with an unwavering confidence.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The IWU Coaching Staff are a blessing that I hope as many people as possible are allowed to experience. Many can copy, few can parallel, but none can top!


Michael Thompson III ON THE WEB


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#42 Seth Maxwell


#42 Seth Maxwell


#42 Seth Maxwell

Seth is a gentle giant and has a huge heart for the Lord as well as for others. He can be the voice of reason but also go with the flow if necessary. He is intelligent and hard working and can be a brother in a time of need. Seth is a great example of what it looks like to show God’s love to others.
— Tanner Rubio, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 7’0 Sophomore Center

  • Scored a career high 21 points and grabbed a career high 11 rebounds vs. Goshen his Freshman season

  • Averaged 5.86 points, 3.56 rebounds, and 1.36 blocks per game as a Freshman

  • Won PAISAA state championship playing for The Hill Prep School

  • Averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

IWU is the perfect place for me. I didn’t hear about it until my senior year of high school, but once I saw how everything was Christ-centered I knew I had to come. It’s a place for growth. It’s a place that is changing the world and I want to be a part of it.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 the attitude of Jesus. It’s the idea of continually humbling yourself and realizing that nothing can be done without God. It’s also the idea of doing unto others as you would want done unto you.

Fearless is...

Fearless is a mind-state of attacking with control. It’s having no worries of the outcome, and knowing that if you put in the work, the outcome will probably be good. God takes care of everything so why have fear. The point of maximum bliss is on the other side of fear, so there is no reason to stress. It all works out in the end.

The IWU coaching staff is...

Our coaches are supportive, loving, caring, passionate, challenging. They are great examples of good men. I love how they are open about who they are. We all want to become better men, and the coaches are the same. They come along side us. They do workouts with us. They are the best coaches I could ever ask for.


Seth Maxwell ON THE WEB


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#44 Billy Harness


#44 Billy Harness


#44 Billy harness

Billy puts others before himself and loves everyone like Jesus loves him. He gives 110% in whatever he is called to do.
— Jonathan Mpanzu, Sophomore


QUICK FACTS

  • 6’4 Freshman Guard

  • Served as a manager for IWU last season

  • Prepped at John Glenn HS in South Bend, Indiana

  • Studying Education at IWU


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I came to IWU because of the amazing atmosphere and people here. Even before joining the basketball team, I knew this campus was special and would be a place where I could grow in my faith and surround myself with others that are trying to be more like Christ. 

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is a culture that puts God first, others second, and yourself third. Today, society deceivingly tells us that getting to the top means putting yourself first. However, Scripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of Man, put others before himself and came not to be served but to serve, as he gave his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). By implementing IAm3 in our program, we are able to play more freely by putting our trust in God and looking for ways to make our teammates better, which ultimately makes ourselves better.

Fearless is...

The fearless mentality is one that sets you apart from those that are fearful of what is to come. By having a fearless mindset in everything you do, you can whole-heartedly attack every challenge that comes your way without the constant worry of failure holding you back.

The IWU coaching staff is...

Our coaching staff is always looking for opportunities that will help us grow not only on the court, but in our faith and academics as well. They truly care about each and every one of us and it shows in their intentionality. They’re just awesome.


Billy Harness ON THE WEB