Evans makes UWW men’s wheelchair basketball roster
Collin Evans, a 2016 Mondovi High School graduate and a national wheelchair basketball standout at the prep level, has officially been named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s men’s wheelchair basketball team, the university announced Nov. 9.
Evans, who is majoring in general business at UW-Whitewater, is one of six freshmen to make the Warhawks’ 2016-17 roster. The squad also boasts players who hail from Australia, Sweden, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Texas as well as Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Evans won two National Wheelchair Basketball Association titles with the Junior Rolling Timberwolves in 2014 and 2016. The T’Wolves also finished as the national runner-up in 2015, and Evans was named the MVP.
Last year Evans played internationally on Team USA’s U30 developmental team, competing in the Kitakyushu Champions Cup in Japan last November.
Like Evans, UW-Whitewater also has a strong winning history. The Warhawks are defending national champions, having won the title in each of the past three years, with 14 titles to their credit since 1982. Over the past 16 years, UWW has also claimed the NIWBT title 10 times.
“Every team has its own chapter and it is up to us to add our legacy and story to the book of wheelchair basketball,” commented Jeremy “Opie” Lade, the Warhawks’ head coach, in a press release. “We write a new story every year and we will approach this year as a different team. The goal is to be a better team and better individuals at the end of the season.”
This spring will mark the first time since 2009 that UW-Whitewater will be hosting the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NIWBT), set for March 9-12, 2017. Teams from all over the country will be on campus competing for the national title.
“We take pride in the amount of support we receive from students and faculty,” Lade said of spectators at tournaments.
For wheelchair basketball UW-Whitewater faces a variety of big-name NCAA Division I universities like Illinois, Missouri, Alabama and Arizona State. This year’s schedule will take the Warhawks on a tour of the central U.S.
To view the UW-Whitewater men’s wheelchair basketball team’s complete 2016-17 season schedule, please visit www.uww.edu/recsports/wcathletics/mens/mensschedule-16-17.