Men's Basketball / Guard / Senior / Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mattia Colangelo is a senior guard on the UChicago men's basketball team. Colangelo helped the Maroons scored a pair of road wins over the weekend at No. 6-ranked Emory University and University of Rochester. He currently ranks third on the team in assists (51) and is tied for the lead in blocks (12).
Head Coach Mike McGrath: "Mattia has been a steady performer all season for us, but he really elevated his play this past weekend to help lead us to two huge road victories. While Mattia has not been a huge scorer for us this year, he has been a steady presence for us as a defender, playmaker and leader. This past weekend, he took this role to a new level. I felt like he was not only contributing to our success, as he has in the past, but we needed him on the floor to win. That was a really fun feeling for a coach to have in a senior. Ironically, he also made some huge shots that came from the positive energy around his performance. I am excited for him to continue this play down the stretch of the season."
Teammate Bryce Hopkins: "Mattia has been a great teammate this year both on and off the court. Being just a first-year, he has welcomed me, along with the other freshmen, into the group and made us feel more comfortable with the transition into the college life here at the University of Chicago. Mattia works hard every single day, and his unmatched work ethic is sure to pay off for him."
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Will Shine (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Will has been having a really outstanding junior season to this point and it was highlighted with his best-ever performance in the 800 this past weekend. He took control of the race immediately and simply kept pulling away from the field, winning by more than two seconds. I personally am really impressed with how natural he has taken to this event. Initially entering college, I felt he would be more of a miler and 3K runner. He spent the majority of his first two years at those distances so this is still new to him. The time he ran this weekend moved him up to No. 3 in the UAA and 30th nationally."
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