Player of the Week: TJ Schnurr

Player of the Week
Iowa

Posted On: 01/20/17 5:06 PM

Although he’s been having one of the better sophomore seasons in the state as a whole, last week Bishop Garrigan forward TJ Schnurr kicked it up a notch.

In two games — a 30 point win over Humboldt and a one point loss to North Union — the 6-foot-4 stretch-four scored 51 points on  18-28 shooting, and perhaps moist impressively; he connected on seven of his nine 3-point attempts.

bishopgarriganThe Humboldt game was particularly impressive for Schnurr; he poured in a season-high 32 points in that one, on 11-17 shooting, and 3-3 from beyond the arc.

“That game we were running in transition a lot, so that caused a lot of open looks and a lot of open layups,” said Schnurr. “And my 3-point shooting throughout the year, I’ve gotten more open looks so I’ve been shooting it a lot. And I changed my shot a little bit and my footwork, and it’s been working good.”

After an impressive summer with NCC Thunder’s 15U squad, we saw that Schnurr had talent. So we ranked him in our 2019 prospect rankings – currently he checks in at No. 46, and could be due for a bump.

Against North Union, Schnurr stayed hot, particularly from deep. He connected on  four of six 3s in that one, and scored 19 points.

“Right now I’m feeling very confident shooting the ball, especially outside with the 3. Our inside post presence is so good that our in-and-out game is getting our 3-point shooters great looks,” said Schnurr.

“And then after I make a couple in a row, I get confident; and when I’m confident and I’m shooting, I know it’s going to go in. You just got to be confident.”

Though he’s got the build and existing skill-set of an inside player, Schnurr has the skills to play on the perimeter – he’s shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc this season.

“I consider myself more of a stretch-four, so basically I play inside and out,” said Schnurr.” We have two really good posts on our team, so when they’re in I’ll go out and play the three. And if they’re out I’ll play the post.”

As for the votes: Schnurr says he has a good group of people around him that supports him well. And the social media campaign was helpful too, of course.

“I think just on Twitter it got some re-tweets and people started seeing it. And I think some of the others players and parents saw it on Facebook,” said Schnurr. “And basically, I just got a lot of good friends and good people that were nice enough to vote for me.”

 

 

Week 6 Voting Totals

TJ Schnurr — 457

Tajen Ross — 330

Tyreke Locure — 160

Jordan Kyle — 19

Brady Gavin — 11