BY DEREK FYE
With an imposing win/loss record of 15-3, the University 0f Wisconsin- Parkside men’s basketball team is having another remarkable season.
The team is averaging 82.6 points per game, 10.2 more than their opponents.
In the Jan. 26th edition of the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Rankings, the Rangers breached the top 25, earning the 21st spot.
With a recent overtime victory over #11 Bellarmine, one can only expect the Ranger’s rank to continue to rise.
Senior guard Andy Mazurczak is a key contributor to the Rangers’ achievement, leading the team in points per game (17.9) and free throws made (75), as of Jan 28.
Mazurczak is second in assists (67), second in steals (18), fourth in three- point field goals made (19), and fourth in rebounds (72). He is shooting an exceptional 88% from the free throw line and a solid 56% on field goals.
Sophomore guard Kendale McCullum and Junior guard Alexander Brown have also been significant contributors for the Rangers.
Brown is the second leading scorer and McCullum is the third leading scorer and one of the top rebounders on the team.
Junior center Goran Zagorac, and Freshman forward Kyle Flanagan are the team’s most productive big men.
Zagorac leads the team with 18 blocked shots, 43 offensive rebounds, and 75 defensive rebounds. Flanagan has added 16 blocked shots, 23 offensive rebounds, and 54 defensive rebounds.
Junior forward Jake Verhagen has been the Rangers’ best 3-point shooter going 34 of 74 on the season.