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#10 Grant Prible


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#10 Grant Prible


#10 Grant Prible

Grant has an underrated source of explosiveness and athleticism that translates to being a high-energy player for our team.
— Micah Davis, Sophomore


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'1 Freshman Guard
  • Redshirted for 2016-2017 season
  • Averaged 17.8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals as a senior for Bluffton High School
  • Three time All ACAC 1st Team All Conference

IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I came to IWU because of what I saw in the program when I came to camps in the summer over my high school career.  After finding out what the basketball program was all about I knew I wanted to spend 4 years of my life here.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is one thing that really caught my eye about IWU.  Our players and coaches often say that if we want to be first then we first have to find a way to be third.  This is shown everyday throughout our program and it has already helped me become less self-centered and allowed me to focus more on the Lord and those around me.

Fearless is...

Fearless is something that really influences how a player plays the game he loves.  We are taught how to be fearless and ready to attack and make plays for our teammates.  This is the best mindset to have if we want to be successful.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff at IWU are the greatest role models and individuals that an athlete could think of.  They show their love and compassion towards us and the people around them and show us what it means to be great husbands and dads.  They really do live out a Christ-centered life every day.  


Grant Prible ON THE WEB

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#11 Micah Davis


#11 Micah Davis


#11 Micah Davis

Micah has a great competitive spirit. He is always striving to get better and finding new ways to improve.
— Ben Carlson, Senior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'1 Sophomore Guard
  • Redshirted member of 2016 National Championship team
  • Averaged 11.5 points per game as a senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy
  • Led Mid South Conference with 52.0 3 FG% as a junior
  • Was part of 4 district championships, 4 region championships, 4 sectional championships and 2 state championships
  • 4.0 GPA

IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

As I researched IWU, I realized that there was something extremely different about the culture here than other places.  IWU isn’t a place to just go win a game on a basketball court. It is a place where I was going to be challenged more than ever before to grow into the man of God that I am called to be. 

IAm3 is...

IAm3 means thinking of yourself less, overwhelming yourself with the love God has for you, and living for him first. Out of that comes an overwhelming love for others because of the realization that Jesus paid it all and you owe it all to him. As we serve others as Jesus did, we become the best version of ourselves because we our living out of the flow of the Holy Spirit.

Fearless is...

To live fearlessly means to live with the confidence that no matter what happens or what I do, the Grace of God covers me. Through that, I am able to be my complete self to everyone I encounter, and do not fear judgement, trials, or failure, because I know no matter what, Jesus Christ loves me and proved that through his sacrificial death. 

The IWU coaching staff is...

Here at IWU, we have a saying, “Man I got it good!” That feeling starts as soon as we enter the locker room everyday and are greeted by the most tremendous coaching staff in the country. We have men in our locker room who believe in the God they follow, and in turn, lead us well through every day we spend together. Not many other places are coaches continuously, purposefully, pushing you to the absolute brink out of a spoiled love because they care about us so much. To have coaches continuously verbalizing prayers and encouragement they speak upon us is very special. 


Micah Davis ON THE WEB


Read a blog post by Micah

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#12 Sam McCracken


#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 Freshman Forward
  • Transfer from Austin Peay University
  • Averaged 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks for Cincinnati Moeller and Coach Carl Kremer
  • Shot 57.3 FG%
  • 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 Junior Guard
  • Averaging 3.5 points per game and shooting 40.0 percent from 3 through two seasons
  • Career high 14 points in victory over Saint Francis on February 11
  • Averaged 21.0 points per game for 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
  • Led Tri-West to a 21-5 record and Sectional Championship as a senior

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, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 5'11 Junior Guard
  • Started 4 games in NAIA National Tourney as a junior, leading team to a Final 4
  • 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


Read a blog post by Joel

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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 Freshman Center
  • Member of Massillon-Jackson team that won the OHSAA State Title
  • Team finished with a 25-2 record
  • 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 Freshman Guard
  • 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 Freshman Forward
  • 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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#32 Trevor Harrell


#32 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 Sophomore Guard
  • 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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#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 Sophomore Guard
  • Averaged 5.7 points while shooting 41.9 3FG%
  • Went 22-30 from 3 over a four game stretch in November
  • Made career high 8 3-pointers vs Grace Bible on November 8
  • 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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#42 Ben Carlson


#42 Ben Carlson


#42 Ben Carlson

Ben is everything you would want in a senior leader. He leads by example on and off the court. He is a great friend and teammate who always puts his brothers before himself.
— Evan Maxwell, Junior


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'6 Senior Forward
  • Averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds as a junior
  • Shot 65.2 % from the field
  • Had career highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds vs Goshen
  • Has 95 career wins through 3 seasons
  • Averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds per game as a Senior at Fremd
  • Led Fremd High School to a 28-1 record and an MSL Championship as a Senior

IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because they are a program dedicated to building each other up as men of God and working every day in order to lift Him up.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 means you are going to put your brothers before yourself in everything you do on and off the court.  It means your approach to life is going to be humble.  It means that everything you do is for the betterment of the Kingdom of God.

Fearless is...

Being fearless is attacking everything you do with confidence, integrity and energy.  You don't allow anything to stand in between what you want to accomplish.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaches are not all about winning--in a good way.  They believe that if you do things God's way and for each other that the rest will figure itself out.  They truly set the example of what IAm3 looks like by constantly sacrificing for their God 1st and their team second.


BEN CARLSON ON THE WEB

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#44 Jacob Johnson


#44 Jacob Johnson


#44 Jacob Johnson

Jacob’s ability to lead by example is inspiring. Everyone on the team is impact by his work ethic and commitment. He has a hunger to get better every day in every task in front of him. His IAm3rd attitude is noticeable as soon as you meet him!
— Grant Prible, Freshman


QUICK FACTS

  • 6'7 Senior Forward
  • Averaged 13.8 points as a junior while shooting 55.7 FG% and 40.0 3FG%
  • Career high 33 points on February 4 vs Huntington
  • 991 career points and 95 career wins through 3 seasons
  • Averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a Senior at Mooresville High School
  • Was named to the Indiana Junior All-Star team after averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game

IN HIS OWN WORDS...

Why IWU...

I chose IWU because of how personal the coaches, players and people across campus made me feel like a part of a big family.  IWU competes at a level beyond any division and always strives to put God first in everything they do.  This spoke volumes to me.

IAm3 is...

IAm3 is a way to deliberately train your mind to put God first, others second and yourself third in everything you do.  This mentality has impacted me immensely since I have been at IWU for a short amount of time.  

Fearless is...

Playing fearlessly is about forgetting about your past mistakes, giving your all for your teammates, and having a mentality of funneling your fear in order to strike fear in our competition.

The IWU coaching staff is...

The coaching staff started impacting me the day they started recruiting me.  The fact that they cared about me more as a person than as a basketball player made a lasting impression throughout the recruiting process.  Being encouraged by all of them is not only about basketball, but has impacted my life on a spiritual level from day 1.


JACOB JOHNSON 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 Junior Forward
  • Red-shirted last season for Kansas University
  • 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...