Wojcik Transfers to Fairfield University
WHEELING — Sometimes an athlete simply needs a change of scenery or he needs to find a better situation.
Jake Wojcik fits into both, actually.
After completing his sophomore season at the University of Richmond, Wojcik, the son of Linsly head basketball coach Dave Wojcik, recently entered the NCAA’s transfer portal and has since settled on continuing his basketball career at Fairfield University.
“(Transferring) is probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my life,” Wojcik said. “Leaving my best friends and teammates was probably the hardest part, but (playing) at Richmond isn’t the best opportunity for me right now. That was the main factor in my decision.”
Wojcik appeared in all 31 games for the Spiders, averaging 11.7 minutes a game. However, as a freshman in 2018-19, he started all 33 games and played 30 minutes a game. He averaged 7.7 points and 3.5 rebounds.
The Spiders — by most account — were on the bubble on the NCAA Tournament with a 24-7 record. They had yet to play a game in the Atlantic 10 Tournament when the season was shut down due to the coronavirus.
“I think we had a great year, overall, from start to finish,” Wojcik said. “We had different guys step up and it was just overall great group of guys on the team with great coaches. Everyone really bought in. I had a great experience at Richmond.”
From the time Wojcik entered his name into the portal, it took him about five days before he announced his commitment and he just signed his paperwork with Fairfield this week.
“It’s a different time (to be selecting a college) because of not being allowed to take any visits,” Wojcik said. “Obviously, you see people committing every day, so you don’t want to wait too long so that options run out. I decided going with Coach (Jay) Young was the best fit for me and I went with it.”
While Wojcik has never formally been on the Fairfield campus, he feels like has because of the virtual tours he’s taken.
“I looked at a lot of videos they sent me about the campus, housing and all that stuff,” Wojcik said. “I talked to Coach Young, my dad and did some research to try to get as much information as I could possibly get.”
Unsure when college student-athletes may get the go-ahead to return to their respective campuses because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Wojcik hopes to be able to enroll at Fairfield for this summer and begin the process of getting to know his new teammates.
On the court, Wojcik believes he can bring scoring and a toughness to a Stags team that finished 12-20 overall.
“I feel like I am a gritty player and I am just trying to be another piece to help the team win,” Wojcik said.
While his father was the head coach at San Jose State, Jake played his high school ball at Bellarmine Prep. He admitted that his dad, who is a veteran of college coaching before coming back to the prep ranks this season, offered some advice during the process.
“He voices his opinion, but he also tries to stay out of it as much as possible,” Jake said. “He adds his input when needed, but he let me make my own decision.”