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Athlete of the Week

KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Aurora Central Catholic boys basketball’s Phil Schuetz

Why he was selected: Schuetz led Aurora Central Catholic to wins last week against Joliet Catholic and Marmion, scoring 34 points in Joliet Catholic win

Aurora Central Catholic senior boys basketball forward Phil Schuetz had a memorable night during the Chargers’ Jan. 8 win against Joliet Catholic, scoring a career high 34 points, including all 17 of ACC’s points in the second half of a 51-47 victory. Schuetz, the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week, talked to Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about his performance. The following is an edited transcript:

Did you think you’d ever score 34 points in a game?

No, not really. Actually I didn’t even realize I had that many at the game until afterward, they told me.

What got into you?

I don’t know. We got a lot of easy passes to me. My teammates were giving me some good passes so I had easier looks at the basket. I had a lot of layups, so that helped a lot.

I’ve heard you’re a pretty impressive dunker for 6-2. Does your athleticism surprise people sometimes?

Yeah, I like to surprise people, I guess. Not many people think a 6-1 kid is going to dunk. Well, 6-3 I’m listed at, but they don’t expect one to go up and throw it down, but I love going up and surprising them and showing them.

What class are you most looking forward to this term?

Team weights and team sports, which is just like a gym class. We’ll play a lot of different sports like basketball and volleyball. It should be fun.

Favorite sports movie that you’ve seen?

Probably “Coach Carter.” I just love that movie. It was a great movie.

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