Talented and Deep Titans Ready for 2010-11 

2010-11 IWUhoops.com Preview

November 12, 2010

by Bob Quillman, IWUHoops.com

All Preview photos courtesy of Ruth Johnson - thanks Ruth!


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Setting the Stage

Returning five starters and all but one reserve from a 23-win team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite 8, Illinois Wesleyan isn’t going to sneak up on anyone this year. Ron Rose’s team will enter the 2010-11 season ranked #4 in the D3hoops.com preseason Top 25 poll  and in position to have another big season.

“We like having big expectations put on us,” said Rose. “We think have all the pieces in place to be very good this year.”

Based on how good the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin is expected to be this season, they'll have to be very good just to survive.

Usually when a team is ranked #4 in the nation, it's favored to win a conference championship.  The 2010-11 Titans are not.  Carthage, which won the league last year with a 12-2 mark, also returns just about everybody, including national Player of the Year Steve Djurickovic.  The Red Men enter the campaign ranked 5th nationally and the favorite in the CCIW.  #24 Augustana gives the league a third team in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, while Wheaton and North Park could emerage as Top 25 candidates at some point in 2010-11.  

"I've heard Bosko (Djurickovic, Carthage head coach) and Grey (Giovanine, Augustana head coach) both say that the league is as good as they've ever seen it," said Rose.  "The CCIW really is going to be outstanding this year."    

So putting those "pieces" that Rose refers to together will be very important.  In talking to him, it sounds like the IWU head coach is most excited about the senior leadership and depth his 2010-11 squad will feature.

Johnson, Rosenkranz, and Sexauer Headline Returnees

2010-11 will be the first time that Rose, now in his 5th season as head coach at his alma mater, will have more upperclassmen than underclassmen on the roster. The players from his first two recruiting classes are seniors and juniors respectively.

“It’s always fun and exciting to have a young team,” he explained. “But it’s so much easier to win when you have great senior leadership.”

Senior Sean Dwyer served as team captain in 2009-10. “It’d be hard to find a better leader than Sean Dwyer,” said Rose. “People talk about our team this year like we didn’t lose anyone, but we lost a big piece…I have tremendous appreciation for what Sean he did for our program.”

But Rose points out that Dwyer was the only senior, and in 2008-09 he was the only junior. “We feel good now that we have a number of upperclassmen to teach our underclassmen what it means to be a Titan and how we do things here,” he said.

Three of those seniors in particular will be asked to lead the way through the 2010-11 campaign. IWU’s captains will be 6-7 F/C Doug Sexauer (Lockport H.S.), 6-1 guard Sean Johnson (Washington H.S.), and 6-0 point-guard Travis Rosenkranz (Macon-Meridian H.S.).

“Travis, Sean, and Doug are really strong captains,” said Rose. “They all have a different leadership style, but most importantly they all lead by example. No one works harder than those three, and that’s what you have to have from your captains.”

Each of IWU’s 2010-11 captains earned all-CCIW honors last season, with Sexauer (15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg) named to the 1st Team, Johnson (17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg) to the 2nd, and Rosenkranz (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.1 apg) to the 3rd.

“We feel very good taking the floor with those 3 captains this year,” said Rose.

The other 3 seniors are Matt Schick (Lincoln H.S.), Duncan Lawson (Glenbard West H.S.) and Edmond O’Callaghan (St. Patrick H.S.).

Walking Wounded

Unfortunately for Rose and the Titans, the injury bug has bitten the team early and often during the preseason. IWU will start the season without the services of two returning starters. 6-5 junior Jordan Zimmer (9.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg) suffered a broken foot and is expected to miss the entire non-conference season. 6-6 junior John Koschnitzky (5.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) is dealing with a back injury and is out until about December 1.

Also dealing with preseason injuries are 6-9 junior Ryan Connolly (back) and 6-4 freshman Brady Zimmer (shoulder). Both players are expected back soon, but have missed more than a week of practice now.

Sophomore Dan Oswald, expected to contribute off the bench on the varsity this year, is out for the season with knee tendinitis.

“It’s been a rough first few weeks, that’s for sure,” said Rose. “We have a lot of depth, but it’s hard to replace what Zimm and Koz do for us. And then to have so many other guys who’d be logical replacements also hurt has been tough…we’ll get through this though.”

Rose did acknowledge one positive to IWU's early misfortunes.  "The injuries to Jordan and John have brought just about the entire team into the mix for playing time," he explained.  "I think everyone sees opportunity now - even some who maybe did not a couple weeks ago."

Leaning on Depth

The 2010-11 Titans should be one of the deepest teams in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin, and maybe in all of Division III. A program that could not field a JV team just 4 years ago now has at least two varsity-ready players at every position, and a crop of talented young underclassmen pushing from behind.

“To be a great program, you have to be deep,” said Rose. “I am very pleased with our depth right now…we plan to use it to our advantage this year.”

So let’s take a detailed look at the personnel for 2010-11. Below is the annual IWUhoops.com analysis of the depth chart and rotation heading into the season.

(L to R) Rosenkranz, Sexauer, Johnson at recent St. Norbert scrimmage

The 2010-11 Cast

(Listed by IWUhoops.com projection of depth chart position heading into the season)  

Point Guard

PG Travis Rosenkranz 6-0/175 Sr. Macon, IL (Meridian H.S.)

2009-10: Started all 31 games...averaged 8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.1 apg...3.0 A:TO ratio...scored 17 points at Augustana...named 3rd Team all-CCIW.

2008-09: Started all 25 games, led team in minutes played (29.8 per game)...averaged 11.1 points, 4.4 assists...1.77 assist to turnover ratio...scored 20 points at Washington U.

2007-08: Played in all 27 games, starting 24...averaged 9.6 points, 3.3 assists...1.31 assist to turnover ratio...scored 20 points in conference tournament win over Wheaton

High school:  Averaged 24.9 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.4 steals as a senior...shot 57% from the field, 42% from 3, 84% from the FT line...1st Team all-state IBCA...2nd Team all-state AP...fifth all-time in Illinois high school basketball in assists, sixth all-time in steals.

Ron Rose: “Has developed into one of the best point guards in the CCIW…great speed with the basketball…runs the team, understanding who should get the ball and where…ever year Travis has gotten better…has developed into a tremendous perimeter defensive player…we feel extremely good taking the floor with Travis as our floor general.”


PG Eliud Gonzalez 5-9/170 Jr. Oak Lawn, IL (Richards H.S.)

2009-10: Played on JV team.

2008-09: Starting point-guard on JV team...played in 7 varsity games...suffered ACL tear near end of season.

High school: As senior was staring PG on IHSA Class 4A state champion Richards H.S. team...averaged 7.4 ppg and 6.2 apg...9 points, 5 assists, 3 steals in title game vs Zion-Benton...203 total assits on the season.

Ron Rose: “Probably our best on-ball defender…has the ability to break people down off the dribble…sees the floor very well…a floor general from the point guard position.”


PG Joe LaTulip 5-10/170 Fr. Arlington Heights, IL (Prospect H.S.)

High school: As senior averaged 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists...shot 45% from 3-point range and 81% from the FT line...played for former Titan John Camardella ('03).

Ron Rose: “A gym rat…just loves to play…high energy player that has added a lot to his game.”


PG Trent Swigert 6-0/160 Fr. Blue Mound, IL (Meridian H.S.)

High school: All-conference selection three times and all-county twice for the Hawks…served as team captain junior and senior years…scored 17 points in 2009 IHSA 1A state championship game victory over Woodlawn.

Ron Rose: “Possesses quickness and ball-handling ability…has a lot of court savvy."


Junior Eliud Gonzalez

Shooting Guard

SG Sean Johnson 6-1/185 Sr. Washington, IL (H.S.)

2009-10: Started all 31 games...led team in minutes per game (31)...averaged 17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg...in NCAA tournament scored 24 vs Central, 24 vs Wash U, 26 vs Carthage, and 32 vs UW-Stevens Point...named 2nd Team all-CCIW

2008-09: Played in 24 of 25 games (started 23)...second in minutes played (28.9 per game)...averaged 11.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists...44-113 3-pt (.389)...scored 23 at Elmhurst.

2007-08: Started all 27 games...averaged 11.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists...60-160 3-pt (.375)...named 3rd Team All-CCIW

High school: Scored 18.3 points per game, averaged 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals...made 75 3-pointers, shot 45% from 3...scored 35 points in final H.S. game, a sectional loss to Peoria Richwoods...3rd Team all-state IBCA...Peoria Journal Star all-area team.

Ron Rose: “Senior captain and 2-time all-conference player…an emotional leader on this team…played as well as any guard in the country last year during our tournament run…can score in bunches and in a variety of ways…can shoot the 3 with range and can also put the ball on the floor and score in the paint…has a unique knack for getting off shots vs bigger guys…much improved defensively in his career at Illinois Wesleyan…we think Sean is going to have a big year.”


PG/SG Stephen Rudnicki 6-3/173 Jr. Evanston, IL (Evanstan Township H.S.)

2009-10: Played in 18 varsity games, averaging 10 minutes per...averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds.

2008-09: Starter on JV team, played in 3 varsity games.

High school: As senior led Evanston to IHSA Class 4A 3rd Place finish...averaged 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists for 30-4 Wildcits.

Ron Rose: “A coach on the floor…very knowledgeable about the game and has the ability to communicate that to teammates…makes everybody better when he’s on the floor.”


PG/SG Brady Zimmer 6-4/175 Fr. Delavan, IL (H.S.)

High School: Averaged 29.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game...was 299-549 from the field (.545), 45-124 from 3 (.363) and 265-303 from the FT line (.875)....named AP Class A 1st Team all-state, IBCA 1A/2A 1st Team all-state, and Chicago Sun Times Class A 1st Team all-state...Pantagraph Area Player of the Year...Pekin Times 1A/2A Player of the Year...holds the Delavan H.S. record for points in a game (46), season (908), and career (2048).

Ron Rose: “A long, versatile perimeter player…can shoot it from the outside but has the instincts to take the ball to the basket…is going to be a very good defensive player on the perimeter...when Brady gets bigger and stronger he's going to be a very good player at Illinois Wesleyan.”


PG/SG Bradley Ghere 5-11/170 So. Colfax, IL (Ridgeview H.S.)

2009-10: Played on JV team.

High school: As senior averaged 23.0 points, 5.2 assists...made 130 3-pointers, shot 85.3% from FT line...led Ridgeview to 29-4 record, 1A super-sectional...1st Team Pantagraph all-area...2nd Team all-state IBCA, 2nd Team all-state AP.

Ron Rose: “Tremendous 3-point shooter with range…very hard-nosed, scrappy player that is improving at the point guard position”


G/F Bobby Czarnowski 6-3/190 Fr. Naperville, IL (Naperville Central H.S.)

High School: Lettered twice in both basketball and baseball…all-conference selection…helped lead Naperville Central baseball team to 2010 IHSA 4A state championship.

Ron Rose: “Baseball/basketball combination at Illinois Wesleyan…great athlete and sound skill set…has a chance to start for Coach Martel (on the baseball team) as a freshman…can do some freaky dunks.”

Junior Stephen Rudnicki

Small Forward

G/F Jordan Zimmer 6-5/190 Jr. Delavan, IL (H.S.)

2009-10: Played in all 31 games, starting final 28...averaged 9.6 ppg and 3.0 rpg...made 54 of 132 3's (.409)...in NCAA tournament had 17 pts vs Central and 17 pts vs Wash U...scored 35 vs Southwestern and 28 vs Trinity (Tx) 

2008-09: Played in all 25 games, started 7...averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds...53-104 3-point (.510)...scored 22 points vs North Park.

High school: As senior, averaged 23.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals...led Delavan to 28-4 record and Regional title...123-293 3-pt (.420)...125-237 FT (.913)...scored 44 points in final high school game vs Putnam County...named "Best Defensive Player" on team that allowed 45.7 ppg...named 1st Team AP 1A all-state, 1st Team Chicago Sun-Times all-state, 1st Team IBCA all-state,  1st Team IHSS all-state, 1st Team IBS small school all-state, 1st Team Bloomington Pantagraph all-area, Pekin Times Player of the Year, Peoria Journal Star Player of the Year

Ron Rose: “One of the best 3-point shooters in Division III…has added pieces to his game each year, as well as strength…always competes and plays hard…Jordan is a difference maker on the floor.”


G/F Matt Schick 6-4/200 Sr. Lincoln, IL (H.S.)

2009-10: Played in 20 games, averaging 11 minutes per...averaged 1.8 ppg and 1.0 rpg

2008-09: Played in 11 varsity games, averaging 6 minutes per game.

2007-08: Played in all 27 games, started 3...averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 14 minutes per game.

High school: Four-year starter at Lincoln where teams went 109-26 (.807)...two trips to Class AA state tournament in Peoria...part of 33-win team as senior...averaged 13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 steals as senior...Pantagraph All-Area...3rd Team All-State IBCA...all-time leader in games played at Lincoln (135)...#2 on all-time Lincoln assist list (210)...#2 on all-time Lincoln 3-point field goals made list (232).

Ron Rose: “Can handle it, pass it, shoot, and rebound….brings a lot of intangibles to the floor and has been very unselfish in his career at IWU…a guy you always feel good about on the floor in pressure situations.”


SF/PF Eric Dortch 6-3/210 Fr. Evanston, IL (Evanston Township H.S.)...Wilbraham & Monson Academy prep school

Prep School: 3rd Team all-Western New England at Wilbraham & Monson Academy

High School: Team captain, all-conference as a senior.

Ron Rose: “Phenomenal athlete…as he learns our defensive system, he has a chance to develop into a defensive stopper…very good with the basketball and has the ability to create his own shot.”


G/F Mike Mayberger 6-5/195 Fr. Chesterfield, MO (St. Louis University H.S.)

High School: As a senior averaged 12.1 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Ron Rose: “Very smart basketball player…picks things up quickly…a late bloomer whose best basketball is in front of him."


G/F Luke Radliff 6-6/180 So. Mahomet, IL (Mahomet-Seymour H.S.)

2009-10: Played on JV team.

High school: As senior averaged 17.9 points, 6.5 rebounds...shot 79.6 from FT line...all-Corn Belt conference...lettered 3 years in both basketball and golf.

Ron Rose: “Long, tall perimeter player who can score from the outside…can also use his height advantage inside.”

Senior Matt Schick

Power Forward

SF/PF John Koschnitzky 6-6/200 Jr. Oak Forest, IL (H.S.)

2009-10: Returned from injury to play in 18 games, starting 8, including final 6...averaged 5.3 ppg and 3.9 rpg

2008-09: Played in all 25 games, started 20 (25 minutes per game)...averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds...21-50 3-point (.420)...scored 18 points at Augustana.

Prep School: Attended Air Force Academy Prep School, played basketball.

High school: As senior, averaged 20.7 points, 9.4 rebounds...named IBCA Class AA 4th team all-state...also played baseball...as pitcher was 7-1 with 2.42 ERA

Ron Rose: “Coming into his own as a college player…much more confident and relaxed on the court this season…very versatile forward that can play both the perimeter and post and score in a variety of ways…makes us a better team when on the floor.”


PF Kevin Reed 6-7/223 So. Arlington Heights, IL (Prospect H.S.)

2009-10: Primarily a JV player...played in 6 varsity games.

High school: Played for former Titan John Camardella ('03)...as senior averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.0 blocks for 21-8 team...two time all-conference, special mention all-state.

Ron Rose: “A low-post player who can also step out…sees the floor really well…crafty in the way he plays…he has gained a ton of strength since getting here last year.”


SF/PF Duncan Lawson 6-7/230 Sr. Glen Ellyn, IL (Glenbard West H.S.)

2009-10: Played in 23 games, averaging 14 minutes per...averaged 5.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg...made 20 of 50 3's (.400)

2008-09: Played in 15 games, started 2...11.1 minutes per game.

2007-08: Primarily played on the JV team...played in 15 varsity games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in limited time.

High school: As senior, averaged 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists for 22-8 Glenbard West team that made Super-sectional round...shot 40% from 3.

Ron Rose: “Stretches the defense because of his ability to shoot the basketball…moves well for a big guy…a solid low-post defender.”


PF Victor Davis 6-5/195 Fr. Galesburg, IL (H.S.)

High School: Averged 17.8 ppg and 12.7 rpg...named IBCA 3rd Team all-state 3A/4A.

Ron Rose: “Powerful and explosive freshman…adjusting to the college game right now…always works hard and is a great rebounder…is going to be a really good player here when it all clicks.”


SF/PF Dan Schouten 6-5/205 Jr. Downers Grove, IL (Downers Grove South H.S.)

2009-10: Played in 15 games, averaging 14 minutes per...averaged 3.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg.

2008-09: Injured entire season (other shoulder)...took medical redshirt

2007-08: Injured entire season (shoulder)

High school: Averaged 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds for 17-10 team...Daily Herald All-Area team.

Ron Rose: “Very smart, fundamentally sound player…understands the game and his role…a versatile player who can handle both the 3 and the 4.”


PF Andrew Ziemnik 6-4/220 Fr. Oswego, IL (H.S.)

High School: As a junior he led his team to Peoria, averaging 16.7 points and 10.2 rebounds...as senior averaged 18.5 points and 11.3 rebounds...named to 4th Team IBCA 3A/4A all-state.

Ron Rose: “High-motor guy that plays physical…possesses great basketball instincts and the ability to shoot the basketball…has really been coming on lately in practice and is opening some eyes.”

Freshman Victor Davis


F Doug Sexauer 6-7/225 Sr. Homer Glen, IL (Lockport Township H.S.)

2009-10: Started all 31 games, averaging 30 minutes per...averaged 15.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg...211 of 340 from the field (.621)...scored 27 vs North Central...named 1st Team all-CCIW.

2008-09: Started all 25 games (27.0 minutes per game)...averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds...shot .545 from the field...scored 21 vs Carthage...named 3rd Team All-CCIW.

2007-08: Came off bench in all 27 games...averaged 7.6 points and 3.1 rebounds...shot .497 from field and .375 from 3 (12-32).

High school: As senior, averaged 10.5 points and 5 rebounds per game for 22-8 Lockport team that made Class AA tournament in Peoria...3rd Team All-State IBCA...54.7% FG.

Ron Rose: “Crafty lefty in the post…virtually unstoppable one-on-one down low…soft shot…it’s gotten to the point that we’re surprised when he misses…he keeps expanding his offensive game each year…will be one of our leaders…there are not too many low-post players in Division III better than Doug Sexauer.”


C Ryan Connolly 6-9/275 Jr. Springfield, IL (Lanphier H.S.)

2009-10: Played in 30 games, starting 1, averaged 11 minutes per game...averaged 6.4 point and 2.7 rpg

2008-09: Starter on JV team...played in 10 varsity games.

High school: As senior, averaged 16.2 points and 9.9 rebounds, leading Lanphier to 18-win season and Sectional final appearance.

Ron Rose: “’Big Country’…tough to stop down low on the blocks…has great size but soft hands…in the best shape of his career.”


F/C Edmond O'Callaghan 6-6/200 Jr. Chicago, IL (St. Patrick H.S.)

2009-10: Played in 27 games, starting 24...averaged 19 minutes per game...averaged 4.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg.

2008-09: Played in 24 games, started 5 (16.3 minutes per game)...averaged 5.2 points, 3.7 rebounds...shot .630 from field...scored 11 points at Wheaton.

2007-08: Primarily played on the JV team...played in 9 varsity games, averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in limited time.

High school: As senior, averaged 10.1 points and 8.3 rebounds for 20-6 St. Patrick team.

Ron Rose: “Tremendous leaper and a great athlete all around…not afraid to stick his nose in there and rebound.”


C Nick Anderson 6-9/200 Fr. Edwardsville, IL (H.S.)

High school: Returned from injury to average 3.0 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Ron Rose: “Has a world of potential…a tall, long low-post player…needs to get stronger but does has a frame to build muscle on…very soft touch and great desire to improve…can really get off the floor.”

Freshman Nick Anderson

IWUhoops.com Rotation Analysis

With Jordan Zimmer (foot) and John Koschnitzky (back) out at the start of the season, IWUhoops.com projects the following rotation at the beginning of the 2010-11 season:

Projected Varsity Starters

PG - Travis Rosenkranz, 6-0 (Sr)

SG - Sean Johnson, 6-1 (Sr)

SF - Stephen Rudnicki, 6-3 (Jr)

PF - Kevin Reed, 6-7 (So)

C - Doug Sexauer, 6-7 (Sr)

Projected Varsity Bench (listed in order of projected minutes per game)

G/F - Matt Schick, 6-4 (Sr)

C - Ryan Connolly, 6-9 (Jr)

PG - Eliud Gonzalez, 5-9 (Jr)

PF - Duncan Lawson, 6-7 (Sr)

PF - Dan Schouten, 6-5 (Jr)

Key Rotation Questions Throughout 2010-11

- When Koschnitzy (expected back around December 1) and Zimmer (expected back around January 1) return, will they start, and who leaves the rotation?

- Will freshman Victor Davis push his way into the top 10?  It sounds like he will start the season on the JV team, but that he's knocking on the varsity door.


Based on the above projected varsity rotation, here is how IWUhoops.com sees the JV starting lineup and bench...

Projected JV Starters

PG – Brady Zimmer, 6-4 (Fr)

G/F – Mike Mayberger, 6-5 (Fr)

SF – Eric Dortch, 6-3 (Fr)

PF – Victor Davis, 6-5 (Fr)

C – Nick Anderson, 6-9 (Fr)

Projected JV Reserves

PF – Andrew Ziemnik, 6-4 (Fr)

PG – Joe LaTulip, 5-10 (Fr)

SG - Bradley Ghere, 5-11 (So)

PG – Trent Swigert, 6-0 (Fr)

G/F – Bobby Czarnowski, 6-3 (Fr)

G/F – Luke Radliff, 6-6 (So)

Sophomore Kevin Reed

Milestone Watch

Career Scoring

1. 2272 Jack Sikma (107 games) - 1973-77

2. 2062 Blaise Bugajski (103 games) - 1979-80,81-84

3. 1871 Bryan Crabtree (114 games) - 1993-97

4. 1848 Luke Kasten (109 games) - 1999-03

5. 1833 Greg Yess (107 games) - 1978-82

6. 1782 Korey Coon (109 games) - 1996-00

7. 1688 Zach Freeman (107 games) - 2003-07

8. 1590 Keelan Amelianovich (104 games) - 2002-06

9. 1573 Jeff Kuehl (89 games) - 1986-90

- Sean Johnson - 1118 through '09-10

- Doug Sexauer - 1004 through '09-10

Career Field Goal %

1. .635 Brent Niebrugge (385-606) - 1994-98

2. .584 Andy Boyden (472-808) - 1994-99

3. .582 Zach Freeman (602-1035) - 2003-07

4. .572 Jeff Kuehl (629-1100) - 1986-90

5. .568 Doug Sexauer (425-748) - 2007-10

Career 3-point FG Made

1. 252 Keelan Amelianovich (104 games) - 2002-06

2. 245 Korey Coon (109 games) - 1996-00

3. 235 Mark Edmundson (113 games) - 1986-90

4. 208 Adam Dauksas (114 games) - 2002-06

5. 179 Sean Johnson (82 games) - 2007-10

179 Bryan Crabtree (114 games) - 1993-97

Career Assists

1. 584 Adam Dauksas - 2002-06

2. 524 Brian Martin - 1989-93

3. 449 Chad Hutson - 1991-95

4. 407 Brad Gregurich - 1979-83

5. 377 Paul Petersen - 1984-88

6. 356 Ron Rose - 1984-88

7. 348 Eric Bridges - 1983-87

8. 335 Nathan Hubbard - 1995-99

9. 326 David Kunka - 1988-91,92-93

10. 324 Travis Rosenkranz - 2007-10

Games Played

1. 115 Bob Spear - 1973-77

2. 114 Bryan Crabtree - 1993-97

114 Chris Eldredge - 1974-78

114 Adam Dauksas - 2002-06

5. 113 Mark Edmundson - 1986-90

6. 112 Larry Lessen - 1984-88

7. 111 Brian Coderre - 1984-88

111 Brian Martin - 1989-93

111 Steve Kuehl - 1989-93

10. 110 Paul Petersen - 1984-88

110 Jason Jones - 1987-91

- Travis Rosenkranz - 83 through '09-10

- Doug Sexauer - 83 through '09-10

- Sean Johnson - 82 through '09-10

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin

2009-10 CCIW Finish                     2010-11 Preseason Coaches Poll
Carthage 12-2 Carthage (46), 4 1st place votes
Illinois Wesleyan 10-4 Illinois Wesleyan (45), 4 1st place votes
Wheaton 10-4 Augustana (37)
Augustana 9-5 Wheaton (32)
North Park 7-7 North Park (22)
North Central 5-9 North Central (19)
Millikin 2-12 Elmhurst (15)
Elmhurst 1-13 Millikin (8)


CCIW Capsules

* returning all-CCIW player

Augustana (16-10 overall, 9-5 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (4) F Kyle Nelson*, 6-9 SR (14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg), PG Brian DeSimone, 6-1 JR (6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg), G Troy Rorer, 6-2 JR (6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg), F Brandon Kunz, 6-7 SO (4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

Starters Lost: (1) G Matt Pelton, 6-3 (12.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: F Chris Anderson, 6-4 JR (7.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Projected Starting Lineup:

G – Brian DeSimone, 6-1 Jr

G – Chris Anderson, 6-4 Jr

F – Bryant Voilles, 6-9 Jr

F – Brandon Kunz, 6-7 So

F – Kyle Nelson, 6-9 Sr* (1st Team)


Carthage (24-6 overall, 12-2 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (4) PG Steve Djurickovic*, 6-3 SR (24.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 7.3 apg), C Tyler Pierce*, 6-5 SO (12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg), G Max Cary, 6-3 JR (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), F Mitch Thompson*, 6-6 SO (6.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg),

Starters Lost: (1) G Cody Hilton, 5-11 (3.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: G Malcom Kelly, 6-0 SO (7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

Projected Starting Lineup:

G – Steve Djurickovic, 6-3 Sr* (1st Team) (1st Team All-American, national "Player of the Year")

G – Malcolm Kelly, 6-0 So

G – Max Cary, 6-4 Jr

F – Mitch Thompson, 6-6 So* (3rd Team)

C – Tyler Pierce, 6-5 So* (2nd Team)


Elmhurst (6-19 overall, 1-13 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (4) G Zack Boyd, 6-3 Jr (15.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg), G Mike McCurdy, 6-0 Jr (6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg), F Aaron Schroeder, 6-4 Sr (6.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg), G Erik Ellingson, 6-2 Sr (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

Starters Lost: (1) G Dustin Bainter, 6-2 (13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: F Joe Acosta, 6-3 Sr (4.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

Projected Starting Lineup:

G – Mike McCurdy, 6-0 Jr

G – Sean Fendley, 6-1 Sr

G – Zack Boyd, 6-3 Jr

F - Aaron Schroeder, 6-4 Sr

F – Steve Crane, 6-9 Jr


Illinios Wesleyan (23-8 overall, 10-4 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (5) G Sean Johnson*, 6-1 SR (17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.1 apg), C Doug Sexauer*, 6-7 SR (15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg), F Jordan Zimmer, 6-5 JR (9.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), PG Travis Rosenkranz*, 6-0 SR (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.1 apg), F John Koschnitzky, 6-6 JR (5.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

Starters Lost: none

Top Returning Reserve: C Ryan Connolly (6.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg), 6-9 JR

Projected Starting Lineup:

G – Travis Rosenkranz, 6-0 Sr* (3rd Team)

G – Sean Johnson, 6-1 Sr* (2nd Team)

G – Stephen Rudnicki, 6-3 Jr - replacing injured Jordan Zimmer

F - Kevin Reed, 6-7 So - replacing injured John Koschnitzky

F – Doug Sexauer, 6-7 Sr* (1st Team)


Millikin (7-18 overall, 2-12 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (1) G Rodney Clark, 6-0 So (4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

Starters Lost: (4) C Joscar Demby, 6-7 (13.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg), G Corey Mitchell, 6-0 (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg), G Charles Warren, 6-2 (8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg), G Devin Demby, 6-3 (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: G Derron Wooten, 6-0 Jr (2.4 ppg. 0.5 rpg)

Projected Starting Lineup:

G - Rodney Clark, 6-0 So

G - Derron Wooten, 6-0 Jr




(not enough information to make a complete projection)


North Central (12-13 overall, 5-9 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (3) F Derek Raridon*, 6-6 So (21.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg), G Brian Evans, 6-3 Sr (7.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg), G Kevin Gillespie, 5-11 Jr (2.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg)

Starters Lost: (2) F David Twyman, 6-3 (15.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg), G Reid Barringer, 6-0 (14.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: n/a

Projected Starting Lineup:

G – Kevin Gillespie, 5-11 Jr

G – Brian Evans, 6-3 Sr

F - Derek Raridon, 6-6 So* (2nd Team) (national "Rookie of the Year")

F – Brad Hallstein, 6-8 Fr

F - Landon Gamble, 6-6 Fr


North Park (13-12 overall, 7-7 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (4) C Emanuel Crosby*, 6-7 Jr (9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg), G Roshawn Russell, 5-9 Jr, (9.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg), G Shaun Collins, 6-2 Sr (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg), G Davone Robinson, 6-1 Sr (8.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg),

Starters Lost: (1) F Nick Williams, 6-5 (14.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: F Jorge Gonzalez, 6-5 Jr (8.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

Projected starting lineup:

G – Roshawn Russell, 5-9 Jr

G - Clayton Cahill, 6-0 Jr

G – Issa Avery, 6-4 So

F – Jorge Gonzalez, 6-5 Sr

C – Emmanuel Crosby, 6-7 Jr* (2nd Team)


Wheaton (19-9 overall, 10-4 CCIW)

Starters Returning: (3) F Tim McCrary*, 6-6 Jr. (18.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg), Andrew Jahns, 6-2 Sr. (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Stephen Pierotti, 6-1 Jr. (1.9 ppg, 1.5 apg)

Starters Lost: (2) G/F Ben Panner, 6-3 (17.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg), C Jake Carwell, 6-7 (6.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg)

Top Returning Reserve: F Spencer Schultze, 6-6 Jr. (6.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

Projected Starting Lineup:

G – Jeremy Pflederer, 6-0 Jr

G – Andrew Jahns, 6-2 Sr

G – Jon DeMoss, 6-3 Fr

F – Tim McCrary, 6-6 Jr* (1st Team) (2nd Team All-American)

F – Spencer Schultze, 6-6 Jr

Keys to the Season

With most of the same players on the floor this year, Ron Rose doesn’t seem to see a lot of mystery to the upcoming season, and hasn’t identified any magic bullets.

“Our keys this year are very similar to last season,” said Rose. “More than anything, our success is really going to come down to our ability to get stops on a consistent basis. We know we’re going to be able to score the basketball, but we have to defend to be a great team.”

After giving up 74.6 point per game in 2008-09 with a sophomore-dominated nucleus, the Titans held opponents to 69.0 last year. In each of the last two seasons, the Titans have scored right at 75 points per contest.

“We definitely made strides on the defensive end last year as this group got bigger, stronger, and more experienced,” said Rose. “We have to see that same kind of improvement this year.”

With two other CCIW teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, and plenty of other very talented teams across the league, Rose points to focus as a second key to success in 2010-11.

“We have to be prepared to play in every single game this year,” he said. “The CCIW teams that are the most consistent and prepared to play are the ones who are going to find themselves in a title hunt at the end of the year. As good as the league is going to be this season, there is just no margin for error.”

The 2010-11 season gets underway Monday, November 15 in suburban Chicago, as Illinois Wesleyan travels to Benedictine. With a strong group of senior leaders and a very talented and deep roster, it has a chance to be a special season of Titan basketball.

Best of luck to Ron Rose and the Titans!