Competing for his country at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, former Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball player Josh Turek earned a bronze medal as part of Team USA.
The Americans defeated Great Britain 61-46 on Sept. 8 to take the bronze. Turek scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the game.
Over eight games at the Paralympics, Turek averaged 10.7 points on 53 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds. He also shot 76 percent from the free-throw line.
The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native attended SMSU from 1997 to 2002 and was named the 2002 SMSU male student-athlete of the year. His 4,024 career points made him the top scorer in program history upon his graduation. He also had 1,213 career rebounds.
A four-time All-American and team MVP, Turek holds single-season records in points and field goals made. Turek also holds single-game records for points, three-point field goals made and free throws made.
The three-year team captain led SMSU to a 27-10 record his senior year and was named the MVP of the NWBA Region Tournament.
Since graduating, Turek has spent his last 10 years playing professionally in Europe most recently for a team in Madrid, Spain.