Washburn Ichabod men’s basketball coach Brett Ballard has announced three transfers who will fill out the 2019-20 basketball roster. The trio joins Connor Deffebaugh, Ahmad Louis, Levi Braun and Tyler Nelson who all signed earlier this year. The Ichabods are coming off their second-straight NCAA appearance after finishing second in the MIAA going 24-8 during the 2018-19 campaign.
Garrett Belcher // Forward // 6-7 // 205 // Patoka, Ill. // Kaskaskia College // Patoka Community High School
Averaged 8.9 points with 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists starting 34 of 35 games as a sophomore at Kaskaskia College … connected on 55 percent of his shots from the field … named the school’s male athlete of the year as a sophomore … also played baseball as a freshman … at Patoka Community High School he scored 1,533 career points helping school to three regional championships … son of Kurtis and Jill Belcher … one brother Drew … majoring in business.
Ballard on Belcher: “Washburn fans will love Garrett’s blue collar mentality. He is tough and gritty and loves to compete. We needed a versatile big that could play on the perimeter but also score and rebound around the rim and Garrett can do both. He started on a very good junior college team that made it to the NJCAA tournament so he has experience playing against good competition in big games”
Keven Biggs // Guard // 6-4 // 205 // Tucson, Ariz. // Fort Lewis // Pima CC // Cienega High School
Prior to transferring to Fort Lewis for his junior season, Biggs was a second team NJCAA All-American after averaging 17 points and 5.8 rebounds per game helping Pima to a second-place finish at the national tournament … he was also a first team all-league, all-region and named the regional tournament’s most valuable player scoring at least 20 points in 15 games … averaged 4.0 points a game in one season at Fort Lewis as a junior … son of Kevin and Esta Biggs … majoring in business.
Ballard on Biggs: “Keven was someone that we recruited hard out of junior college, especially after his team made a deep run in the NJCAA tournament and he had a game in which he made 9 three’s in the tournament. He can shoot it, but is also a very good athlete that can finish at or above the rim. He helps us address our need for size and a physical presence on the perimeter.”
Drew Maschoff // Guard // 6-4 // 190 // Ankeny, Iowa // Pratt CC // Ankeny High School
As a sophomore at Pratt Community College he averaged 11.8 ppg hitting 32 percent of his 3-point attempts connecting on 49 of 154 attempts … also averaged 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game … his freshman season was played at the University of Sioux Falls where he averaged 5.9 ppg with 2.2 rebounds hitting 35 percent of his 3-pointers making 14 starts playing in 29 games … played high school ball at Ankeny High School … named second team all-state and first team all-league as a senior … as a junior, averaged 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead the Ankeny High School boys basketball team to an 18-5 record and a share of the Central Iowa Conference crown … third-team Iowa Newspaper Association all-state selection as a junior … named first-team all-conference and first-team All-Eastern Division as a junior… Des Moines Register voted Maschoff to their second team All-CIML Elite team … son of Mike and Dee Maschoff … has a brother Tyler and sister Ellie … majoring in kinesiology.
Ballard on Maschoff: “We like Drew’s ability to be the primary ball handler but also be able to play off the ball and make shots or slash. He has good size and a very solid all-around skill set that allows him to score at all three levels of the court. Drew loves being in the gym and has two years of experience so he will be mentally and physically prepared to play in the MIAA.”
Courtesy: Washburn Athletics