EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Under normal circumstances, Evansville men’s basketball players Evan Kuhlman and Noah Frederking would be ready to graduate at the end of the school year and begin their post-graduate careers. However, the 2020-21 college basketball season was most certainly not a normal year.
In light of recent events, Frederking and Kuhlman are getting an opportunity they never considered prior to this past season, as both announced they are returning to play a fifth season for the Purple Aces and head coach Todd Lickliter.
Both players are taking advantage of the NCAA’s decision to offer eligibility relief to winter-sport athletes due to COVID-19. Regardless of how many games they played during this past COVID-affected season, athletes can return for an extra year without penalty.
As a result, Kuhlman and Frederking have decided to come back for one last go-around next season.
With this decision, Lickliter will now have six seniors on next year’s roster.
Jawaun Newton, Shamar Givance, Emmette Page and Iyen Enaruna round out the rest of the veteran, senior group. Graduate transfer Jax Levitch, and other seniors Devan Straub and Peace Ilegomah, have opted to move on.