This Week in the NWBA
In “This Week in the NWBA,” below is the schedule of tournaments for the weekend of December 9-11, 2016. If you are local to any of the tournaments, be sure to show your support for your favorite team. Tag your photos #NWBA and we will share them on Facebook!
December 9-11, 2016
Prep Division, Varsity Division
Junior Division Regional Qualifier
Junior West Coast Conference Big Regional- Mesa, AZ
December 10-11, 2016
Prep Division, Varsity Division
Rockford Holiday Tournament- Rockford, IL
New England Blazers Memorial Tournament
Division II, Division III, Veterans
New Orleans Christmas Classic- Gretna, LA
Division I, Division II, Division III
Strong Dog Invitational- Tampa, FL
Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend!
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to announce that the Junior Division is taking applications for Academic All-American recognition for 2016-17 NWBA members in 10th through 12th grades. The 2017 awards marks the 20th time the Junior Division has recognized its best student-athletes for their work off the court.
The 2016-2017 NWBA season also marks the second year of the Academic Achievers program for grades 5-9. The goal of the program is to get kids interested in the importance of academics at an earlier age with the ultimate goal of more students attending college and obtaining a college degree.
All NWBA Junior Division academic recognitions are in memory of our dedicated and visionary founder, Dr. Timothy J. Nugent. Dr. Nugent had the courage to start the NWBA to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. Dr. Nugent cared way more about wins in society then wins on the court.
Dr. Nugent realized the number one tool to improve a person's place in society was education. The Junior Division remembers Dr. Nugent by pushing the next generation of leaders towards the power of education.
Please submit all applications and questions for Academic Achievers to Kelly Fischbach by email at email@example.com or by mail at Kelly Fischbach, ATTN: Academic Achievers, 601 Canby Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, February 13th.
Please submit all applications and questions for Academic All-American to Chris Rathje by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Chris Rathje, ATTN: Academic All-American, 412 Chicago Avenue Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, February 13th.
The NWBA Collegiate Division Player of the Week Ballot for November 28 is now open through Wednesday, December 7 at 5 p.m. Mountain. This new program will provide recognition to student-athletes for their achievements on the basketball court during the prior week.
Fans are encouraged to rank the players below in the comment section, or tag the NWBA accordingly in a post. The Collegiate Division Team Representatives and Coaches will submit their ballots that account for 80 percent of the points, while online voting will account for the remaining 20 percent.
Please rank the players 1-3, where #1 vote receives 10 points, #2 receives 9 points, etc. The athlete with the most points will be named 2016 NWBA Collegiate Division Player of the Week. If there is a tie, the individual with the most #1 votes wins. If still tied, then most with #2 votes wins. If tied after #3 votes are tallied, players will be named Co-Players of the Week.
Online voting closes on Wednesday, November 9 at 5 p.m. Mountain. To have your online vote count, comment on the NWBA Facebook page post, or tag the NWBA on Twitter (@nwba).
Nominees (Alphabetical Order)
Marshall Lindsay, University of Missouri
Marshall Lindsay, a junior, led Mizzou to a 3-1 record at the Collegiate Weekend December 2-3, at the University of Missouri. He led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Marshall was the top scorer in all 4 games. His leadership was key to the team’s performance. On the season, Lindsay scores 23.5 points per game, and pulls down almost 8 rebounds and dishes out 4.5 assists per game.
Jeromie Meyer, Woodbine, Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Omaha
UNO sophomore Jeromie Meyer scored a team high 88 points in four games at the Mizzou Collegiate Weekend, Dec. 2-3. Meyer has paced the Mavericks throughout the early part of the NWBA Intercollegiate season averaging over 20 points per game.
Brent Regier, Henderson, Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Brent Regier, a sophomore at UNO, is the second leading scorer for the Mavericks with just over 15 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. At the Mizzou Collegiate Weekend, Dec. 2-3, Regier had a breakout tournament putting up 59 points in four games and snagging over 10 rebounds per game.
The NWBA is accepting applications for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. This team will consist of 12 athletes that will travel to Columbia, in July or August, to participate in the America’s Zonal Qualifier.
All athletes interested in trying out for the U.S. Women’s National Team must attend team tryouts January 22-26, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from (air or driving) to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Housing, meals and ground transportation once in Colorado Springs will be provided by the NWBA. To be eligible for the 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team you must be a U.S. Citizen and must be able to have a United States Passport no later than January 26, 2017.
The player must be willing and able to up to five (5) mandatory training camps and a competition during the winter and spring of 2017 and the IWBF America’s Zone Qualifier in July or August of 2017.
All interested players must fill out the attached application and submit to Brandon McBeain at BrandonMcBeain@nwba.org by December 19, 2016, for consideration. Submitting your application does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to the tryout camp.
(UPDATED): The U.S. Men's and Women's National Team Coach Selection Procedures are now available. The deadline for application submission is no later than December 23, 2016.
The NWBA will select the following coach positions:
This Week in the NWBA
Are you ready for some more wheelchair basketball action? With a well-deserved Thanksgiving weekend break behind us, the season has picked right back up with many competitions taking place in cities across the country. In “This Week in the NWBA,” below is the schedule of tournaments for the weekend of December 2-4, 2016:
College Men, College Women, Division I, Division III
Metal and Muscle-Houston, TX
Intercollegiate Tournament- Columbia, MO
Prep Division, Varsity Division
Jr. Bulls Bash- Addison, IL
Bill and Julie Duncan Memorial Wheelchair- Milpitas, AK
Prep Division, Varsity Division, Division I
Seattle Jam- Seattle, WA
Women, Division II, Division III
2nd Annual Mary Free Bed Invitational-Grand Rapids, MI
Prep Division, Varsity Division
Bennett Blazers Weekend of Games- Baltimore, MD
Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend!
KITAKYUSHU, JAPAN – Team USA finished with a 2-3 record and fourth place finish at the 13th Kitakyush Champions’ Cup. Team USA improved on a 0-5 record and fourth place finish from this event in 2015. The countries represented in this competition included Japan, Australia and Great Britain.
The rosters for the opposing countries were a strong representation of anticipated rosters for the 2017 U23 World Championships in Toronto, Canada. Athletes in attendance from the 2016 Rio Paralympics included Tom O’Neil-Thorne of Australia (3.0), Gregg Warburton of Great Britain (2.0), Renshi Chokai of Japan (2.0) and Naohiro Murakami of Japan (4.0).
The tournament started for Team USA with a friendly match against the Kyushu Eagles of the Japanese Professional Wheelchair Basketball League. Kyushu provided a tough matchup for Team USA in a game that had 12 lead changes. Team USA secured a 55-53 victory by out rebounding Kyushu 35-18, Team USA was led by Jorge Salazar of National City, CA with 15 boards. Salazar also led Team USA offensively with 14 points and six assists. Other contributors for Team USA include Dustin Casey of Bothell, WA with 14 points/8 rebounds/5 assists and Jon Fagre of Eagan, MN with 12 points/1 rebound/1 assist. Yuki Tachikawa led Kyushu shooting overall FG% of 56.5% with 27 points, three assist and two rebounds.
For Team USA, the 13th Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup pool play started against host nation Japan. Team USA played Japan tough until an 18-5 run by Japan to end the first half. Efficient shooting by Japan was too much for Team USA to overcome losing to Japan 65-47. The speed and full court press by Japan generated 21 turnovers by Team USA. Salazar and Matt Bollig of Columbia, MO led the way offensively for Team USA: Salazar with 18 points/14 rebounds/3 assists and Bollig with 11 points/4 assists/1 rebound. Leaders on offense for Japan were Takuya Furusawa with 22 points on an overall FG % of 76.9% and Naohiro Murakami with 16 points on an overall FG % of 61.5%.
The second game of pool play for Team USA was against Australia. Team USA was very efficient offensively in the first half, which led to a half time lead of 34-22. Despite scoring only five points in the fourth quarter and Australia finishing the game on an 11-5 run, Team USA was able to hold on to a 56-50 victory. Team USA took care of the basketball limiting their turnovers to 14. Salazar again led Team USA with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Australia was led by O’Neil-Thorne with 24 points and Jake Fulwood with 14 points. Team USA distributed the ball well with 16 total assists and five players scoring at least six points.
The final day of competition started with Team USA playing basically a “play-in” game with Great Britain for the gold medal game, with both teams having a 1-1 record thus far in pool play. Team USA started slow being down as much as 15 points, though finished the first half down 33-22. Ball security and a poor shooting performance led to a 62-41 loss for Team USA. Team USA finished the game with a tournament-high 24 turnovers. Additionally, Team USA finished the game with a tournament low team FG % of 32.1%. Salazar was the only player from Team USA with more than eight points finishing with an offensive line of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Great Britain was led by Paralympian Greg Warburton with a total FG % of 72.7%, 17 points, 12 assists and 5 rebounds.
The bronze medal game was a rematch of Team USA versus Australia. Australia started very strong offensively taking a 39-31 lead into half time. Team USA attempted to hard jump and slow the offensive explosion by O’Neil-Thorne for Australia. Unfortunately, Team USA was unable to match the offense of Australia losing 75-61. O’Neil-Thorne finished with overall FG % of 63.6%, 33 points, 17 rebounds and nine assist. Anderson Parker with 14 points and Thomas McHugh with 12 points were other contributing players for Australia. Team USA was led by Bollig with 29 points, Casey with 18 points and Zachary Steger of Richardson, TX with 10 points. Australia finished with a team FG % of 59.3%, Team USA finished with 37.5%. Australia out rebounded Team USA 49-23, this was the only game of the tournament that Team USA was out rebounded.
Team USA Head Coach Doug Dixon of Prior Lake, MN served in his first international coaching experience. Dixon was the 2016 NWBA Junior Division Coach of the Year and, as head coach, two time winner of the NWBA Junior Division Varsity National Championship. Dixon has 20 years of coaching experience and currently is the head coach of the Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves.
Joining Dixon on the sidelines as assistant coach was AJ Messmer of Whitewater, WI. Emily Dixon of Columbia, MO served as Statistician. Brandon McBeain served as NWBA staff and Team Leader. The remaining athletes on Team USA are Grady Gordon of Saint Louis Park, MN, Holden Kowalke of Shorewood, MN, Thomas Duffy of Ottawa, IL and Robert Doyle of Eden Prairie, MN.
Since 2003, the NWBA has fielded six teams for the Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup. Team USA also attended in 2005 (finished 2nd place) and 2007 (finished 3rd place). The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks attended in 2010 (finished 3rd place) and in 2012 (finished 3rd place).
The Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup commemorates the 2002 Gold Cup World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Kitakyushu.
Team USA appreciates the service and accommodations provided by the city of Kitakyushu, organizing committee and Japan Wheelchair Basketball Federation. Team USA also appreciates the great competition of the Japanese Professional Wheelchair Basketball League, Australia, Great Britain and Japan.
13th Kitakyushu Champions’ Cup
Team USA defeated Kitakyushu Eagles,
Day 1 – Link to Video Stream
(00:20:00 start of Team USA vs. Japan)
Japan defeated Team USA, 65-47
Great Britain defeated Australia, 59-47
Day 2 – Link to Video Stream
(02:05:00 start of Team USA vs. Australia)
Japan defeated Great Britain, 59-32
Team USA defeated Australia, 56-50
Day 3 – Link to Video Stream
(02:40:00 start of Bronze Medal Game; no stream available for GBR vs. Team USA)
Japan defeated Australia, 52-48
Great Britain defeated Team USA, 62-41
Bronze Medal Game
Australia defeated Team USA, 75-61
Gold Medal Game
Japan defeated Great Britain, 59-47
During this special time of year it is fitting to acknowledge #GivingTuesday, a day where many open their hearts and pockets to supporting a worthy cause. We hope that on this special day you will consider giving to the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.
The NWBA provides people of all ages and backgrounds with physical disabilities the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball in a competitive setting.
Each day and especially today we celebrate all those within the organization committed to providing opportunities for our athletes at all levels from our Junior Division straight through to our Adults and U.S. Paralympic teams to thrive and prosper through the transformative power of wheelchair basketball.
When asked how the NWBA has impacted their lives, here are some of the responses elicited by our Junior athletes:
“Growing up I never thought I could be a part of a sport. This just shows people you can. Not only has the NWBA changed my life but it has opened so many opportunities. Through playing wheelchair basketball, I have been able to travel around the country and play many teams. With playing all these teams you become close to many of the people. When you’re out on that court you don’t feel different from everyone else.”
“I never thought I would go to college to play basketball or try out for a national team. Because of the NWBA I could do both of those. I love the competitive side of the NWBA. I also love the family side.”
“In wheelchair basketball, we are all thought of as athletes, and no one is the “outsider”.”
“The NWBA has taught me that no matter what your disability is you can achieve whatever your heart desires.”
Your support of the NWBA will aid in furthering our athletes along on their own personal journey through the sport. You will help fuel the passion, drive, hard work and dedication of our athletes. You will support our coaches, volunteers, officials and the many volunteers that strive to provide a top rate wheelchair basketball experience with immeasurable long-lasting positive benefits.
Please consider making the National Wheelchair Basketball Association one of the deserving organizations on your list!
We thank you for your support!
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA Adult Division announced its 2016-17 Pre-Season Rankings for all three divisions. The defending Division I Champion Dallas Mavericks return in the No. 1 slot and look to defend its title at the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. The Mavericks return with several key players, including 2016 Paralympic gold medalist Aaron Gouge.
The New York Rolling Knicks are the second-ranked squad in Division I, as they will have 2016 Paralympic gold medalist and Team USA co-captain Steve Serio making his appearance this season. The Milwaukee Bucks “A” team is ranked third overall, as they were the runner-ups at the 2016 NWBT.
In Division II, the newest NWBA Adult Division, the Milwaukee WASA Bucks come in at the No. 1 ranked favorite, with San Antonio ParaSport Spurs as the No. 2 ranked team.
The LWSRA Hawks earned the No. 1 ranking for the NWBA D-III teams, with the Arakansas Rollin’ Razorbacks and Rancho Renegades anchoring the No. 2 and 3 rankings, respectively.
The top 16 ranked teams will earn an invite to the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC medical in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. The 48 teams from the three Adult Divisions will battle it out for a coveted national title on 12 basketball courts over four days of competition.
2016-17 NWBA Adult Division I Pre-Season Rankings
2. New York Rollin’ Knicks
3. Milwaukee Bucks “A”
4. Rogue Valley Scorpions
5. Sacramento Rollin’ Kings
6. University of Arizona Wildcats (Men’s)
7. Albuquerque Kings
8. Utah Wheelin’ Jazz
9. Mary Free Bed Pacers
10. San Diego Wolfpack
11. Miami Heat Wheels
12. Denver Rolling Nuggets
13. RIC Hornets
14. Seattle Sonics
15. Houston (TIRR Hotwheels)
16. Shepherd Stealers
17. Austin Rec’ers
18. Courage Rolling Timberwolves
19. Golden State Road Warriors/ Charlottesville Cardinals
20. Missouri Predators/ MedStar NRH Punishers
2016-17 NWBA Adult Division II Pre-Season Rankings
1. Milwaukee WASA Bucks
2. San Antonio ParaSport Spurs
3. Nassau Kings
4. Miami Valley Raptors
5. Detroit Diehards
6. DFW Freewheelers
7. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavs
8. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
9. Charlotte Rollin' Hornets
10. Fayetteville Flyers
11. Turnstone Bandits
12. MAPVA OKC Thunder/Chargers
13. PossAbilities Rolling Bears
14. Shepherd Stealers
15. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks
16. London Forest City Flyers
17. Music City Lightning
18. Mobile Patriots
19. LA Clippers Chairmen
20. Kansas Wheelhawks
2016-17 NWBA Adult Division III Pre-Season Rankings
1. LWSRA Hawks
2. Arkansas Rollin’ Razorbacks
3. Rancho Renegades
4. Las Vegas Yuccas
5. TIRR Hotwheels
6. Spartanburg Pistons
7. RHI Pacers
8. Brooks Ballers
9. Columbus WC Basketball Club
10. Rockford Chariots
11. USM Golden Eagles
12. RCRC Lightning
13. Brooklyn Nets
14. Seattle Sonics
15. Orlando Magic Wheels
16. Pittsburg Steelwheelers
17. Rochester Wheels
18. Portland Wheel Blazers
19. Louisville Spokes & Spires
20. Ft.Smith Shootin’ Stars
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – University of Missouri’s Marshall Lindsay of Stansbury Park, Utah, earned the NWBA Intercollegiate Player of the Week Honors for November 14. Lindsay’s performance for the week was recognized by the voting poll of college coaches and NWBA social network fans.
Lindsay, a junior at Mizzou, led the team in scoring in four games at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Tournament. He averaged 23.3 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game. In the four games, Marshall tallied 93 points.
Also nominated for the weekly honors were, and finishing: 2. Guthrie Lindquist, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; 3. Walter Johnson, Southwest Minnesota State University; and 4. Dave Evjen, Southwest Minnesota State University.
Lindquist rolled the Warhawks this last weekend to a 5-0 record at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament. In five games, Lindquist averaged 11 points, 13.4 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game. They were also able to avenge an opening weekend loss to Southwest Minnesota State University.
Johnson averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game for the weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament. He had a career high 30 points with the victory over the University of Missouri. Walter is averaging 19.5 points per game this season.
David Evjen averaged 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists per game for the weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament. David had two triple doubles against the University of Missouri and the Canada Academy. He is averaging 19.5 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game for the season.
The NWBA Intercollegiate Player of the Week is determined by the NWBA college coaches by ranking the weekly nominees and accounts for 80 percent of the total points, while NWBA Facebook and Twitter fans account for the remaining 20 percent of the point total. The NWBA college coaches nominate players to the NWBA headquarters on Monday following games. Those who cast a ballot rank all players, with No. 1 votes earning 10 points, No. 2 votes earning 9 points, No. 3 earning 8 points, etc. If there is a tie, the athlete with the most No. 1 votes wins, and will continue to break the tie down to the total of No. 3 votes. If still tied after No. 3 are counted, then the players are named NWBA Intercollegiate Co-Athletes of the Week.
2016-17 NWBA INTERCOLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
October 17 - David Evjen, of Maelia, Minnesota, Southwest Minnesota State University
October 31 – James Bohnett of San Jose, California, University of Missouri
November 14 - Marshall Lindsay, Stansbury Park, Utah, University of Missouri