Posted on 12 November 2014.
The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team added two transfer players to their roster this season. Jonny Marlin (jr) transferred from Indiana University and Josh Mawhorr (jr) transferred from Saint Xavier University (Ill.). Sports Editor Tim Tedeschi sat down with Jonny and Josh to find out more about their transfer experiences.
Tim: How did you end up choosing to transfer to IWU?
Jonny Marlin (jr) transferred from IU to IWU for this season. (Photo courtesy of iwuhoops.net)
Jonny: When I left from IPFW my freshman year, I had lunch with Coach Clark, one of the assistants, and so that’s kind of how I heard most of the stuff about the program. When I got down to IU I knew that I had a few friends here, one of them being Sarah Richert (alumnus ’14) who now has graduated. So once I was a little unhappy with the things down at IU, I thought about where I could play basketball at and Sarah kind of was the one who put that voice in my head and things just kind of worked out from there.
Josh: I was unhappy with my previous school just with some things there, and I’m originally from Muncie so I’m familiar with the area and was familiar with the program. So after I let my former coach know I was going to transfer, I reached out to the coaching staff here and they got back to me and we kind of worked things out there. And beforehand there was a lot of prayer involved, you know? Just trying to figure out what’s the next step and what do I want to do and, you know, just after I reached out they greeted me with open arms. And I’m fortunate enough that there was room for them to have me and here I am today. So definitely a blessing just to be a part of such a special program.
Tim: What drew you to IWU?
Josh: I’ve always heard great things about Coach Tonagel and the coaching staff in general. I personally hadn’t experienced that, but just I think the reputation of the program, you know, not only the success on the court but what they stand for off the court. And then once I was able to get here and finally experience it, it was great to see and a big positive.
Jonny: They [the coaching staff] weren’t allowed to talk to me until I officially left from IU. And so I kind of knew that I wanted to go here just based on my conversations that I had with Coach Clark earlier, like two years ago actually. I came up on a visit and they didn’t even know that I was here. So I just looked around campus and I thought this was a pretty good fit for me.
Tim: What was your biggest reason for transferring?
Jonny: I think I just wanted a different culture. IWU has a pretty good reputation of being a Christian campus that really lives out their beliefs, and that’s something that was pretty attractive to me. They’ve had a lot of success in basketball too so that helps.
Tim: Was the actual transfer process difficult to navigate?
Jonny: It wasn’t too bad. I had to get like five copies of my transcripts. That was probably the most annoying thing, but no there wasn’t anything too difficult I’d say.
Josh: Luckily for me it was pretty easy. I kind of looked and did some research beforehand, so I kind of had a familiarity. But there are some, I guess, rules that can be tricky to navigate if you don’t know about them. I think for me, thankfully it went pretty smoothly. I’ve heard of others, my friends have transferred in college athletics and it’s been a three month battle with getting released. And you know eligibility requirements and all that stuff but luckily for me it was pretty smooth.
Josh Mawhorr (jr) transferred from St. Xavier (Ill.) to IWU for this season. (Photo courtesy of iwuhoops.net)
Tim: What has been the most rewarding part of transferring here to IWU?
Josh: Honestly I think it’s the brotherhood we established. It started in June with summer workouts and then the mission trip and then all these events. And I’ve only been here probably six, seven months, but I feel like I’ve been here my whole career. I think that shows on the court obviously we have some talent, but it’s the brotherhood that unites us and it’s just one big great family.
Jonny: It’s an unbelievably fun team to play on. We have a lot of talent. I mean it’s fun just to play the game. You know when I was at IU I got minutes, but it wasn’t a whole lot. And so it’s fun to play the game that I’ve put a lot of time into. But at the same time it’s a pretty neat experience being around solid dudes that probably care about you more spiritually than what you do on the court.
Tim: What has the most challenging part been for you?
Jonny: There’s a lot of new terms as far as basketball goes. So as far as basketball is concerned, I would say knowing what their terminology is and getting adjusted to that.
Josh: There’s subtle differences, whether it’s academically or just getting used to a new coaching staff, new players, just subtle differences I think anyone would experience. But nothing that’s major or caused me a lot of stress or difficulty.
Tim: What are your goals for the season?
Jonny: First and foremost is to win a national championship. Individual stats, I think they come and individual accolades will come, but I think first you have to win as a team. So I’m not real concerned about what I do individually. Just whatever I have to do to make our team win.
Josh: I think as a team just to grow together each day, whether it’s practice or a game. And I mean what they accomplished last year I think that’s the goal this year: to get back to the national championship and bring home another ring. So there’s a lot of work to be done before that but in that process it’s just getting better each day and enjoying it.