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#12 Sam McCracken


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#12 Sam McCracken


#12 Sam Mccracken

Sam’s growth so far has been encouraging for our whole team. His mindset and energy are laying a solid foundation for a GREAT 4 years!
— Ben Carlson, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'7 Redshirt Sophomore Forward

  • Transfer from Austin Peay University

  • Played in 28 games for national championship team

  • Had season high of 9 points against Rio Grande and 8 rebounds against Miami-Hamilton

  • Averaged 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks for Cincinnati Moeller and Coach Carl Kremer

  • Helped lead team to 23-4 record as a Senior


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I choose Indiana Wesleyan because I believe that there is more to a basketball program then just the game itself.  When I came to visit IWU I fell in love with everything about the program! I love how the goal is not just to turn you into a great ball player but a great man.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is about putting God and others before yourself in every situation.

Fearless is...

Being fearless is about playing and living without the fear of failure.  That allows you to give everything you have! 

The IWU coaching staff is...

We have the most amazing coaching staff, they push me to be my best everyday in basketball and in life!


Sam McCracken ON THE WEB


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#13 Trevor Waite


#13 Trevor Waite


#12 Trevor Waite

Trevor has a sneaky game on the court where he always finds a way to effect the game in little ways. His off the court game is swag too.
— Jacob Johnson, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'0 Senior Guard

  • Has played in 111 games through three seasons, playing a key role on two national championship teams

  • Shooting 39% from 3 in career

  • Career high 16 points in season opening win over #1 Cornerstone

  • Averaged 21.0 points per game for Coach Adam Bontrager at Tri-West

  • Holds school record with 1508 points in his career and 549 points in a season

  • Was named 2014 Boys Soccer 1A State Championship Mental Attitude Award Winner

  • 4.0 GPA


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

Deciding on IWU was a choice that was about more than just academic or athletic opportunity.  Instead, my decision was based heavily on the team's spiritual presence, brotherhood and coaching staff.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is a lifestyle.  It is a constant reminder to put God first, others second and yourself third.

Fearless is...

Living fearless is doing the opposite of what the weak man would do.

The IWU coaching staff is...

Always encouraging and wanting to better the team.  They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met.


Trevor Waite ON THE WEB

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#20 Joel Okafor


#20 Joel Okafor


#20 JOEL OKAFOR

I always know Joel has my back. He brings high energy and a positive word to every teammate. He loves the grind that comes with the sport, and is always ready when his number is called.
— Trevor Waite, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 5'11 Senior Guard

  • Started 37 games as a junior, leading team to an NAIA D2 National Title

  • Averaged 7.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game

  • Named to Crossroads League All Defensive Team

  • Shot 43.2% from 3 and 51.7% from the field

  • Transferred from Bradley University

  • Played in 26 games and started 2 at Bradley

  • Led Richmond High School to conference, sectional and regional championships

  • Scored over 1000 points and dished out more than 600 assists and 500 rebounds in his career

  • Was a member of the prestigious Indiana All Star team after he averaged 15.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists as a senior

  • Won John Wooden NCL award given to the Indiana All Star who demonstrated outstanding citizenship

  • Originally from Lagos, Nigeria


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I transferred to IWU because I loved the Christ-centered campus, academic reputation and high level basketball program.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is all about putting God and others before yourself.

Fearless is...

Fearless is all about living without doubt and knowing you have prepared well when you face failure.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaches here do not only teach you basketball but also how to be a man, a friend, and a father.


Joel Okafor ON THE WEB


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#21 Trevor Harrell


#21 Trevor Harrell


#32 Trevor Harrell

Trevor is a hard worker who is determined to get better every day. He has shown quickly he is willing to leave it all on the court!
— Sam McCracken, Freshman


QUICK FACTS

  • 5'10 Junior Guard

  • Played in 17 games for the national championship Wildcats

  • Played for Coach Zach Hahn at Center Grove High School

  • 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.
— Micah Davis, Sophomore


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'9 Sophomore Center

  • Has won rings in each of the past two 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

Kyle plays like the person he is. He is quiet, unassuming and not flashy; but Kyle is always consistent, dependable and produces. You can always count on him!
— Micah Davis, Sophomore


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'3 Sophomore Guard

  • NAIA 1st Team All American, Crossroads League Player of the Year and National Tournament Most Outstanding Player as freshman

  • Averaged 21.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game

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

  • 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

  • Career 53 FG%, 42 3FG%, and 82 FT%

  • Went 61-17 as a three year started, 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 Grant Smith


#30 Grant Smith


#30 Grant Smith

Grant is the type of guy who will run through a wall for his teammate. He doesn’t stop working. That’s what has allowed him to be successful so far. He loves the grind, which is unusually for a freshman. That’s why I am so excited he is on the team and for his future in our program!
— Jacob Johnson, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'6 Sophomore Forward

  • Averaged 9.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 points as a freshman

  • Scored 13 points on 5-7 shooting in national title game

  • 2017 Indiana All-Star

  • 1093 career points at Connersville High School for Coach Kerry Brown

  • Averaged 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.4 blocks per game as a senior

  • Went 27-2 as a senior, falling in the regional finals to eventual state champion Ben Davis


IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because I want to win national championships and be with a great group of guys.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is putting God first, others second, and yourself third to be successful.. 

Fearless is...

Being fearless is never backing down from a challenge.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff is a great group of coaches that help me grow spiritually and to be a better player.


Grant Smith ON THE WEB


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#33 Canaan Coffey


#33 Canaan Coffey


#33 canaan coffey

Before Canaan knocks down every jumper in games, he puts in work on his own time. His work ethic and drive are unmatched by anyone on our team. He is a warrior!
— Trevor Waite, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'2 Junior Guard

  • Averaging 6.4 points on 42.1 3FG% in career

  • 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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#50 Evan Maxwell


#50 Evan Maxwell


#50 Evan Maxwell

Evan is an extremely genuine guy who has a big heart for others and has fit in immediately on our team. You can always count on him for an intentional conversation.
— Ben Carlson, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'10 Senior Forward

  • Transfer from Kansas University

  • Averaged 17.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 48.9% from 3FG

  • Spent two seasons at Liberty University

  • Averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds as a Sophomore at Liberty

  • Shot 64.8% from the field


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. 


Evan Maxwell ON THE WEB