It was just last month when WPI senior Jake Wisniewski was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Engineers to a 20-win season, along with an appearance in the 2020 NCAA D-III Tournament.
For the second-straight year, the West Brookfield, Massachusetts native averaged 9.0 points per game to go with 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28 contests. Wisniewski netted 10 points or more 11 times this past winter while scoring a season-best 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting against Wheaton College in February.
Named a second-teamer by both the NEWMAC and Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA), Wisniewski concluded his career with 958 points in 107 contests along with 552 rebounds, 161 assists, and 35 blocks.
We recently caught up with Jake Wisniewski to discuss his four-year career with the Engineers, as well as his future plans after graduation later this spring.
What will you remember most about your final season with the Engineers?
Conference play, but also getting to play with my classmate Lou Doherty.
Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they?
As for this past season, I would say our home games against Emerson College and Wheaton College. Against Wheaton, I got into a rhythm (and scored 23 points), but the best part of both games (as well as other home contests) was getting to spend time with our families and friends after the final buzzer sounded.
What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team/program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation?
I will miss battling and competing with these guys on a daily basis. I will miss the games because there probably will never be another contest I play that I can get as competitive as I did with the Engineers these past four years. But most of all, I will miss my teammates and hanging out with them off the court.
Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future? Any interest in being a coach?
Definitely. I want to stay involved with basketball in some way, and I am certainly interested in being a coach in the future.
Tell me about your major/concentration. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation?
I chose to concentrate on project management because I like to work with people to solve problems.