Enumclaw High graduate Drake Rademacher is making his mark on the collegiate court, serving as a valuable member of the Central Washington University basketball team.
A sophomore on the Ellensburg campus, the 2014 EHS grad has started a pair of games for the Wildcats this season, but contributes primarily as the first man off the bench for coach Greg Sparling.
Through games of Feb. 27 – the end of the regular season – Rademacher had played in 23 of the Wildcats’ 25 games. He was averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per outing while shooting 50 percent from the floor. He was averaging 17.3 minutes per game.
He scored a season-high 15 points on two occasions – in back-to-back conference games against Alaska and Western Oregon, part of a highly-productive four-game stretch where he totaled 50 points. During the game against Alaska, he also chipped in with nine rebounds and three assists.
The Wildcats are 18-7 overall, including a final 13-7 mark against Great Northern Athletic Conference opponents. They begin the league tournament Thursday night.
Sparling has high praise for the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Rademacher.
“As he plays against top-quality opposition, in practice and games, he is going to get better and better as the season moves forward,” the Wildcat coach said. “He is a highly skilled big that is only going to continue to develop over the next couple four years.”
Rademacher landed a scholarship offer to CWU after a senior season at Enumclaw High in which he averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game. Those numbers led to a Most Valuable Player award in the South Puget Sound League 3A.
He was born in Enumclaw to parents Tom and Kelly Rademacher.