Schoen commits to Indiana State
South Central senior Brittany Schoen can now look straight ahead at her senior season and leading the pre-season No. 2 ranked (Class 1A) Lady Rebels. A successful summer along the AAU basketball stops, Schoen started to garner interest from several Division I basketball programs.
After nearly locking in on committing to North Carolina Asheville, Indiana State University stepped in and offered Schoen a scholarship she didn’t turn away from.
‘They came in real late, so I really didn’t expect it,’ she said. ‘I am glad they did because I’m excited about going there. I fit in well with their girls, and their gym is awesome.’
The 5-6 guard choose the Sycamores over UNC Asheville, Tennessee Martin and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Schoen earned one of 15 All-American honors during last summer’s Junior AAU National Championship playing with the Ohio Valley Storm.
‘I got a lot of letters leading into this summer, but at AAU Nationals this year, schools started showing more interest,’ she said. ‘I had a good feeling after that.’
Schoen Central said she always wanted to sign early, so she went ahead and gave her verbal commitment last week to Indiana State. She will sign her national letter-of-intent on Nov. 15, the first official signing day for NCAA Division I schools.
Indiana State is coached by Jim Wiedie, who starts his eighth season at the helm of the Missouri Valley Conference program. Wiedie was the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2006. The Sycamores, who play in the 12,200-seat Hulman Center, finished 19-11 a year ago.
Schoen enters her senior season at South Central with high hopes after averaging 23.7 points per game last year. She also led the team in rebounds (6.5 rpg) and assists (4.4 apg).
South Central head coach and Brittany’s father, Randall Schoen, is excited both as a parent and as her coach about her college choice.
‘The thing that got her was they (ISU) press, run and shoot the three,’ he said. ‘It’s a similar style to what she’s done her entire career. So making the adjustment will still be difficult but hopefully smoother.’
In a basketball rich family, Brittany has three older brothers ‘ Scott, Chad and Craig ‘ who played ball at the collegiate level. Randall said he expects his daughter to work with them as they share their experiences on how tough it is making the transition from the prep ranks to college.
‘She played well all summer and in open gyms,’ Randall said. ‘Brittany’s the type of girl that will find herself some playing time. She’s the hardest worker we’ve had here, and I’m sure she will keeping working hard when she gets there.’
On the family side, Randall said he is excited Brittany is staying in-state, which will cut down the drive time to three hours compared to the six he was nearly going to face if she went to UNC Asheville.
‘It’s been tough as a dad and as her coach,’ he said. ‘When coaches call about her, you have to talk both as a coach and as a dad. Sometimes they question how serious and honest I am, but everyone has taken it well.’
Randall added this will be the first summer in about 17 years that the family isn’t required to travel for AAU basketball.
‘It’s been great,’ he said. ‘Once she’s out, we will sit back and realize how neat it was and enjoy it. We’ll probably appreciate it more when it’s over. It’s been fun to be her coach; we’ve been through a lot together.’
South Central has been fortunate in recent years to have outstanding individuals help the girls’ basketball program. Rachel Dixon put up big numbers before advancing to a college career at Vincennes University.
The Lady Rebels will open the season Friday hosting Charlestown at 7:30 p.m.
Schoen’s AAU run
Schoen may not have made last year’s Junior All-star team, but she accomplished something no other senior in Indiana accomplished during last summer’s Junior AAU National Championship held in Orlando, Fla.
Schoen, who plays for the Ohio Valley Storm and head coach Les Smith, was named one of 15 All-Americans.
‘She usually plays well, but she was on another level down there,’ Smith said. ‘She put on a clinic in front of some of the biggest and best coaches in college (basketball).’
The Storm opened tournament play with an 89-88 victory over the Trail Explorers, a game in which Schoen scored 17 points.
In the next round, Ohio Valley knocked off a Michigan Mid-Fastbreak club, 113-91, in which Schoen scored 20 points, including 15 points and four threes in the opening half.
In the team’s 82-69 setback to eventual national champion Boo Williams out of Virginia, Schoen poured in 18 points with a couple of treys.
Ohio Valley won its pool leading up to the tournament.
Schoen scored 22 points in a 98-89 victory over James River Blaze. She buried seven threes for all of her 21 points in a 94-76 romp over the Jacksonville Lady Sparks, then followed the effort with 24 points ‘ and seven more threes ‘ in an 82-74 triumph over Georgia Elite.
The Cleveland Basketball Club was the next victim of Ohio Valley’s high-powered offense as Schoen tickled the twine to the tune of 21 points and three triples.
The Storm closed out pool play with a 102-90 win over the KAYA. Lady Stingers from Alabama. Schoen poured in 22 more points to lead the way.