By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- Being apart of the South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program is something that runs in the family for new recruit Jordan Schmitz.
Jordan will join the Hardrocker men’s team as a freshman for the 2007-08 campaign, taking a spot on the roster from his departed older brother Casey Schmitz, who will graduate with a chemistry degree in May.
“Jordan is a very fundamental player,” said Hardrocker head coach Jason Henry. “He understands how to play the game very well. He is a physical player and has a chance to get stronger (at the college level).”
Like his older brother, Jordan played his high school career for the Williston High School Coyotes. This past season his team finished with an 18-7 overall record and 12-4 mark in WDA conference play. The Coyotes finished third in their conference and also took third in the North Dakota State Tournament. Jordan started all 25 games this year as a co-captain of the team. He averaged 12.2 points and four rebounds each game. He had a field goal percent of 52 and shot 63 percent from the free throw line.
“We are losing a lot of big kids from last year and Jordan comes in as a big kid that should be able to play right away and give us some quality minutes,” Henry said. “He has got the size and the strength and the skill.”
Standing 6-feet-5-inches, Jordan would be a great replacement for his brother Casey as a post player, who at 6-7 leaves the ‘Rockers as the No. 25 all time scorer with 1,078 points and a first-team Dakota Athletic Conference selection and most valuable senior in the DAC this past season as well.
“It’s really an athletic family. Jordan has older brothers and sisters that all played college sports (basketball, volleyball) and he has been kind of living in their shadow,” Henry said. “Now he has a chance to step out of those shadows and blaze his own trail.”
Jordan is well on his way. At the conclusion of his high school hoops season, he was named to the WDA All Conference team after scoring 219 points for the year and grabbing 69 rebounds. He was also recently selected to be apart of the Lion’s North Dakota All-Star team this summer.
Jordan also participated in football and golf while attending high school. He was a co-captain in football this past season as well. He is an honor group student with a 3.67 GPA, has been academic all conference four times, National Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007, National Honor Society this year, PSI instructor for 2006-07, church youth shepherd from 2001-07, Lutheran Youth Organization State delegate from 2003-06, high school speech team participant from 2005=06 and had a perfect attendance at church school 13 years in a row.
Jordan is the son of John and Kathy Schmitz of Williston, N.D.
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