Wildcat signs with Evangel
Cassville Wildcat Joel Maher has signed to play intercollegiate basketball at Evangel University in Springfield.
At 6'6", Maher brings size to an Evangel roster that had only two players over 6'5". Cassville's versatile post player is also a deadly outside shooter, and will provide matchup problems for Crusader opponents.
In his final season as a Wildcat, Maher averaged 13.1 points, 7.8 boards and 1.2 blocks per game.
The signing of Maher continues an Evangel tradition of seeking out local talent. Ten of Evangel's 15 varsity players in 2011-2012 hailed from southwest and central Missouri high schools.
The Crusaders ended 2012 with an overall record of 24-10, and finished 14-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference under longtime coach Steve Jenkins.
Evangel defeated Lindsey Wilson College in the opening round of the NAIA D-I National Tournament in Kansas City before losing to Rogers State in second-round action. The Crusaders finished the season ranked 22nd in the NAIA ranks.