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Team: Northwest Missouri State Bearcats [ID #501] Bookmark Northwest Missouri State Bearcats

Location: Maryville, MO (Central)

Conference: II.1 [Division 1]

President: chousley4 send message
          [since March 31st 2022 | last seen May 22nd 2024]

Coach: Drew Nielson

Arena: Bearcat Arena

Rating: 282.65 - Overall Position: #42

Fan Mood: 111.84

Alumni Mood: 105.95

Prestige: 96

Team Notes:

• Dec 02 2038: 3-star prospect Greg Shaw committed.
• Nov 10 2038: 3-star prospect Desmond Branch committed.
• Jun 29 2038: Austin Kaczmarek was drafted round #1, pick #9 by Denver.
• Mar 14 2038: Made the national tournament field.
• Feb 25 2038: 3-star prospect Dashaun Morgan committed.
• Feb 20 2038: Carlos Ornelas was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
• Feb 20 2038: Kirk Williams was inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
• Jan 21 2038: 2-star prospect Vernon Robertson committed.
• Dec 26 2037: 2-star prospect Donnie Jackson committed.
• Sep 03 2037: Justin Helm was hired as the new assistant coach.


Record:

Wins: 7 Losses: 7 Pct: .500     Conf Wins: 1 Conf Losses: 3 Conf Pct: .250 Conf Rank: 13     Last10: 5-5 Streak: L2

Pts Ave: 86.6 - 78.0     Pts Diff: +8.6     Team Power Index: 133.5

Press Releases:

Oct 07 2038: Kaczmarek Drafted by the Nuggets in Round 1! - by chousley4 on May 6th, 2024

NWMO State's Star post man, Kaczmarek has been drafted 9th overall by the Denver Nuggets. There he will join last years number 1 overall pick and star center Viktor Moskvin. The Nuggets vision is for Kaczmarek and Moskvin to team up and make one of the most formidable front courts in the NBA.

This is the second player from the Bearcats to be drafted in the first round. He joins fellow alum, Carlos Ornelas as being the only two players to have been drafted from the program.

While the streak of first round picks may be on pause for the next few years, Coach Nielson and his staff are destined to make this campus a pipeline to the league!


Jun 30 2037: Ornelas selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st Round! - by chousley4 on March 8th, 2024

Northwest Missouri State's Graduating Senior, Carolos Ornelas has been selected by Los Angeles with their first round pick of 2037 Pro Draft!

This marks a significant moment in the history of the Bearcats program, as Ornelas becomes the first player to have worn the green and white to be selected in the Pro Draft.

While we do not expect this to be the last pick from the program, we do want to congratulate Carlos and the entire program for this tremendous accomplishment!

Carlos Ornelas - 6'6'' - SF - Monroe City, Missouri
2037 First Team All Conference SF (II.1)
4 Star Recruit and the #1 Rated Prospect from the State of Missouri during his Senior Year in High School.

Col SR Avg: 13.7 ppg 5.3 rpg 1.4 spg POTG: 3x



Apr 06 2037: The Enduring Legacy of Rahsaan "Rafiki" McCartney: A Tribute to a Basketball Coaching Icon - by chousley4 on March 7th, 2024

Rahsaan "Rafiki" McCartney's career in college basketball coaching has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by consistent success and a profound impact on the programs he led. Beginning his coaching journey at Dominican University of California (DUCA) and culminating in his tenure at Northwest Missouri State University (NWMO), McCartney's legacy is etched in the annals of collegiate basketball history.

During his time at DUCA, McCartney demonstrated his ability to elevate teams to new heights. Despite starting at a modest level, he quickly made his mark, leading DUCA to multiple conference tournament titles and earning recognition for his coaching prowess. His teams consistently performed well in conference play, laying the foundation for the success that would follow.

However, it was McCartney's tenure at NWMO that truly solidified his status as one of the great program builders in college basketball. Taking the helm of the historically bad program in 2029, he faced the challenge of maintaining the high standards set by his predecessors while leaving his own indelible mark. True to form, McCartney rose to the occasion, guiding NWMO to numerous conference titles, deep runs in national tournaments, and leading the program from one of the worst programs in the country to League Level 2 program and all the way to #62 rated program in the country.

Notably, McCartney's impact extended beyond the basketball court. His leadership and mentorship shaped the lives of countless student-athletes, instilling in them values of discipline, resilience, and teamwork. Under his guidance, players not only excelled on the court but also grew as individuals, preparing them for success beyond their collegiate careers.

McCartney's historic career is a testament to his dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to excellence. As he bids farewell to NWMSU, his legacy will endure, serving as inspiration for future generations of basketball players and coaches alike.

McCartney's Career Accomplishments:
Record: 674 Wins, 371 Losses
Conference Record: 452 Wins, 268 Losses

Conference Titles: 4
Conference Tournament Titles: 3

Sweet 16 Appearances: 4
Elite 8 Appearances: 3
Final 4 Appearances: 2
Championship Game Appearances: 2 (2018 - D2; 2022 - D1)
National Titles: 1 (D2 - DUCA - 2018)

Pro Players Coached:
M. Choate - DUCA - 2027 Round 1 Pick 3 (3 Yrs w/Coach)
- 2x National Player of the Year (1 awarded w/Coach)
B. Hofmeister - DUCA - 2024 Round 1 Pick 1
W. Clevenger - DUCA - 2019 Round 1 Pick 9
B. Spann - DUCA - 2021 Round 1 Pick 4
E. Day - DUCA - 2027 UDFA (4 yrs w/coach)
C. Ornelas - NWMO - 2037 Round 1 Pick 29


Dec 21 2034: NW Missouri Faceplants Versus OK. State - by chousley4 on October 17th, 2023

After some time away, the team president completely faceplants his game prep against a strong Oklahoma State team. Oklahoma State has one of the best backcourts in the conference, and for some reason NWMO decided to test that backcourt with a heavy zone. Kudos to Oklahoma State for taking advantage and handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season. Onto the next!


Dec 14 2034: NW MISSOURI BEARCATS TOP 10! - by chousley4 on October 14th, 2023

They felt good about the roster this season but it’s been a program best start for the 2034-2035 Bearcats! For the first time in program history they are now ranked Top 10 in the country while being rated the #9 program in Hardwood! They hope to continue their great season through the rest of the conference schedule!