St. Charles North junior boys basketball guard Mike Schroeder has yet to play varsity-level basketball but will enter next season already somewhat of a known commodity after a strong summer, highlighted by helping his 16U Tri-City Thunder AAU team prevail at the GRBA National Championships last weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Playing on a team that includes area talents such as Batavia’s Canaan Coffey, Geneva’s Loudon Vollbrecht and St. Charles East’s James McQuillan, Schroeder had some monster games, including scoring outbursts of 30 and 29 points in two of the wins.
One of the Thunder’s games was played with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Michigan coach John Beilein in attendance. In this week’s Weekend Chit-chat with Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab, Schroeder – whose second cousin, Michael Schroeder, is a former North basketball player – discusses his breakout summer.
The following is an edited transcript:
Was this tournament the best ball you’ve played in your life?
Probably. I played pretty well.
How did you do most of your scoring?
Couple of pull-up jumpers, fast breaks and 3s.
Do you consider yourself more of a point guard or a shooting guard?
Kind of both. I can bring up the ball and still score.
How much did the tournament help get your name out there?
Hopefully a lot. We played in front of some good coaches so it was pretty exciting.
Is there anything that you put your finger on in terms how you took that step forward. Was there something in particular that really clicked?
Not really. Our teammates, we’ve gotten each other involved early in games and we just kept clicking with each other.
Did you notice [Izzo and Beilein] at that game?
Yeah, I did. It was pretty cool. … During the game when we started pulling away at the end, we were thinking to ourselves, ‘Wow, this is amazing, we just beat a really good team in front of Izzo and Beilein.’
How did you hook up with the Tri-City Thunder?
Eighth grade, Josh Rader contacted me and asked me to play, and ever since then we’ve gained a pretty good team and family.
What does your fall look like? Do you still play a lot of ball?
Yeah, I play almost every day and do workouts.
How much confidence do you take out of AAU season with the way it played out?
I took a lot of confidence. Our whole team and me personally took a big step forward, and hopefully it carries into the North season.