Archive for Thursday, July 30, 2009

Schaake to play at St. Mary’s

July 30, 2009

Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball standout Chandler Schaake has made his college choice official.

After months of decision-making, Schaake signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth.

“I had many options. This was nice and close, and I like the program,” Schaake said of why he chose USM. “It was perfect, actually. I am staying at home. It is financially better.”

Schaake has a chance to contribute immediately at St. Mary’s. Currently, he is the only point guard on the roster, but his coach is continuing to look for depth at the position.

BLHS coach Mike McBride said St. Mary’s was getting a good player.

“Yeah, if a college coach knows basketball pretty well, they know that you do not have to score a lot of points to get things done,” McBride said. “He is a triple-threat player and can control the game.”

Schaake was the floor general for a Basehor squad that scored in bunches at times, and at other times was in the low 40s, but almost always found a way to win. He also elevated his play in the biggest games and was nearly flawless in all three games at the state tournament when he led the Bobcats to the state title.

Schaake shot 76 percent from the foul line, 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range last season. He ranks in the top 10 for all-time scorers at BLHS and is Basehor’s all-time assists leader. He also ranks second in career steals.

In addition to the All-Kaw Valley League honors, Schaake was named to the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Class 4A All-State Team.

With those statistics, Schaake will not be easily replaced in Basehor.

“Can you replace someone like Chandler? No, not really. Can you fill in the job for next year? We hope so, so we can repeat (as state champions),” McBride said. “It is something that you have to work at to replace.”

Schaake and St. Mary’s begin workouts in September for the upcoming season.

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