Titans take home WIAC Player, Coach of the Year awards


Lydia Sanchez

Senior Ben Boots drives to his right as he looks for a way to break down the UW-Stevens Point defense. Boots earned the WIAC Player of the Year award this season, becoming only the fifth UWO men’s basketball player to do so.

Neal Hogden, Managing Editor

Six members of the UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team garnered All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for their performance on and off the court this season.

First-year interim head coach Matt Lewis received Coach of the Year in the WIAC after leading the Titans to a 23-2 record during the regular season.

Lewis took over this season for former head coach Pat Juckem who went to Washington University of St. Louis after a six-year stint with UWO.
Lewis said the slew of all-conference awards are a testament to the strong foundation UWO basketball has.

“It just shows who we are as a program,” Lewis said. “We’ve got incredibly great teammates. Those four guys — I’m excited for each one of them. They sacrifice a lot, not only those four but every guy on our roster. They just keep giving [their best] to the team, and I’m glad they got rewarded for it.”

Under Lewis, the Titans held the WIAC’s best scoring offense and third-best scoring defense.

Senior guard Ben Boots was chosen as the Conference Player of the Year, averaging 15.7 points, four assists and 3.9 rebounds per game. Boots was second in the conference in assists per game, assist to turnover ratio, 3-pointers made and free-throw percentage while coming in fourth in points per game.

Boots said the award was given to him, but he knows the people around him have a lot to do with his success.

“[It’s] a really cool honor,” Boots said. “It’s an individual award, but it goes without saying that it is a team award. That award goes to a player on the team that wins conference very often. There’s no question that I need my teammates, my coaching staff and everyone to get that award. I’m very thankful for it, and I’m very thankful for everyone who helped me achieve that.”

Juniors Adam Fravert and Jack Flynn and senior Brett Wittchow joined Boots as first-team All-WIAC selections for their performances this season.
Fravert led the WIAC in blocks with 1.88 rejections per game while Flynn came in second with 1.19.

Wittchow is sixth in the WIAC in 3-point percentage ,while Boots is eighth at shooting from deep.

This is the first time in school history that four Titans have earned first-team All-WIAC honors in the same season.

Wittchow said four guys making the first-team All-WIAC list is a product of being respected for the season they had.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Wittchow said. “I don’t think four guys from the same team have made first team in a long time. It just shows you the respect that we got this year.”
Junior Brian Wilman earned a selection to the All-WIAC sportsmanship team.