WAYNE – A net cutting ceremony and recognition was held Thursday late afternoon for the Wayne State College men’s basketball team.
It’s been over a month and a half since the Wildcats closed out their season with a loss in the NCAA Central Regional Tournament but over two months since WSC was crowned NSIC South Division regular season champions.
Head coach Jeff Kaminsky said Thursday was the time to get together and celebrate fully as a team their accomplishment.
“It was a different year,” said Kaminsky. “We really didn’t get a chance to celebrate completely especially after winning the conference championship. We didn’t have our whole team there at the time. Missing one of our players, one of our staff members. So, we just kind of talked about getting everybody together.”
From Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College a few family members were in attendance as president Dr. Marysz Rames spoke to the team prior to watching a video recapping the season.
Director of Athletics, Mike Powicki handed seniors Ben Dentlinger and Nosa Iyagbaye the NSIC South Division plaque.
“It felt good and it means a lot to us,” Iyagbaye added. “Ben and I have been here for four years now. Just having that accomplishment in the books; it’s really good.”
“Yeah, Wayne State basketball has definitely seen some tough times,” Dentlinger mentioned. “But holding that plaque, I don’t know, it just feels so good; we’re on the right path.”
Dentlinger is still looking to pursue an extra season with the blanket year from the NCAA while Iyagbaye won’t be going far as he landed a job as a project manager at Sand Creek Post & Beam in Wayne.
Coach Kaminsky talked about the coaching staff was blessed to have a lengthier preseason with about four and a half months for this group with nine of the 15 players being freshman (one redshirt).
“We were so young,” said Kaminsky. “We didn’t have to get after a month or month and a half, instead of getting into game mode, we could really just continue developing our guys and developing our team. So, by the time we got to play I thought we were a lot more prepared than we might have been a normal year.”
The Wayne State College men’s basketball team closed out the shortened season with an 11-7 overall record and went 10-4 in conference play.