Former JB Hoops player Evan Maxwell will head to Slovakia this fall to continue his basketball career on the professional level.
The 6-foot-10 senior forward, who played at Abington Heights High School and completed his college career earlier this year at Indiana Wesleyan University, has signed a contract with BK Spisska Nova Ves of the Slovak Basketball League.
Nova Ves competes on the highest tier of pro basketball in Slovakia. The team went 9-23 last season. It won the Slovak Basketball Cup in 2004 and has finished second 11 times.
“Playing professional basketball has always been a goal of mine,” Maxwell said, according to a story on the Indiana Wesleyan website Tuesday, announcing the signing. “I am extremely blessed to join a great ball club and look forward to the competitive games each and every night.”
Maxwell earned NAIA All-American honors in both seasons at Indiana Wesleyan, which he helped to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II national title in 2018. He averaged 17.5 points and 6.7 rebounds as a junior and 16.7 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior when he shot 59.9 percent from the floor.
“Evan has put in a lot of time in the gym to position himself to become a pro,” Indiana Wesleyan head coach Greg Tonagel said. “Evan joins a list of (five) Wildcats to play professionally and we look forward to seeing his game continue to grow.”
Maxwell began his college career on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level at Liberty University. He transferred to Kansas and was with the team, but transferred a game before ever playing a game for the national powerhouse Jayhawks.
A career 46-percent shooter from 3-point range, who also scored in the post, Maxwell finished with more than 1,200 points in his two seasons with the Wildcats.
Nova Ves begins a 36-game schedule in early October.