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Posted On: 10/12/17 6:00 AM
Jarod Schulze (2019) is one of the most massive forces in Ohio’s junior class. The 6’9” center from Minster routinely punished opponents in the post during the grassroots season for Northwest Ohio Basketball Club.
Given Schulze’s ability to dominate the painted area, Division I, Division II, and NAIA programs are starting to get involved with Schulze’s recruitment.
“Findlay, I talked to St. Francis (IN), UNOH, Wilmington, and, I guess, those are the only ones that I’ve actually came into contact with so far,” Schulze said.
Schulze later mentioned that Toledo has expressed interest also.
Before the season begins, Schulze has begun taking some campus visits.
“We’re just starting to do college visits and stuff. So, like, this past Monday I went and saw Findlay. [Today] I’m gong to Wilmington. Two weeks ago, I went to St. Francis and hung out with their basketball coaches and went and seen their campus,” Schulze said.
Schulze shared some details of how his first two visits went.
“St. Francis, I like that one a lot. Their campus was nice. Very Catholic-oriented school. Coaches were all nice too. But, I don’t know, the players didn’t seem real interested that I was there.”
“But, when I was at Findlay, that’s not a Catholic school but there’s Catholic churches and a Catholic community around it. And all the players there know and they talk to me no problem and stuff. So right now, we’ll see how it goes and stuff but they’re definitely on top of the list,” Schulze said.
As you might be able to tell, Schulze is looking for a couple specific details in choosing a school.
“I’d like to take over the family farm, because we farm. I’d like to get ag-business degree or a bachelor’s in business with science tied in with that. I guess, just a college that has that, first of all … Maybe like a smaller class, very family-oriented. And one that has a Catholic community near,” Schulze told Prep Hoops.
Schulze, a 3.2 GPA student, will be a fifth generation farmer in his family. The family farm spreads around 350 acres.
Schulze is most concerned with becoming a quicker player.
“Quicker feet. Guarding the guards out on the perimeter. That, and talking on screens, is probably my weakest part right now. The screen part has gotten better over the summer playing AAU, because there’s a lot of screens set,” Schulze said.
It’s been tough for Schulze to work on his footwork over the last three months however. After the final weekend of the July live period, an MRI revealed microfractures in Schulze’s ankle.
“The doctor said, ‘you’re out for about four months.’ So, in about two to three weeks, I should be back and ready to start ball again. I’m pretty excited,” Schulze said.
Schulze is fully confident that he will be ready at the beginning of the season for Minster. He expects the Wildcats to compete with Marion and Versailles for the Midwest Athletic Conference title.