Indiana Wesleyan's Zach Coverstone Signs Professional Basketball Contract in Australia
April 19, 2010
MARION, Ind. -- Shortly after being named NAIA All-American First Team, six foot nine inch senior center Zach Coverstone has signed a contract to continue his basketball career in Australia following graduation in May.
Coverstone’s professional contract is to play with the Wanneroo Wolves of the State Basketball League of Western Australia.
“It was very exciting to sign my first professional contract as it will start a new chapter in my basketball career,” says Coverstone. “I want to thank everybody who has helped me get to this point, especially my family, the IWU coaching staff and my teammates.”
Coverstone leaves Indiana Wesleyan as the school’s record holder in blocks in a game (eight), blocks in a season (102) and blocks in a career (289). He is second all-time with 1,089 rebounds and sixth all-time with 1,839 points.
He led the Wildcats to a 112-29 record in four years which includes the program’s first three Mid-Central College Conference regular season championships, first MCC Tournament championship and three trips to the Elite Eight in the NAIA National Tournament.
During the 2009-10 season, Coverstone became the only player in program history to be named NAIA All-American First Team. He was also honored as a member of the MCC All-Conference First Team and was selected the MCC Defensive Player of the Year.
“We could not be more happy or proud of Zach for signing his first professional basketball contract,” said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Greg Tonagel. “Zach is leaving as one of the all-time great players to play at IWU as well as one of the most respected off the court. His success on the court at IWU allowed him to be presented with several options to continue his career and he found a great fit in Australia. Zach is going to be sorely missed at IWU but has a great career ahead of him.”
Coverstone becomes the third former member of the Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball team to join the professional basketball ranks in the past two years. Landon Adler and Antonio Murrell each signed professional contracts in 2009.