Posted On: 02/2/18 5:00 AM
Dubuque, Wahlert has a history of churning out some of the state’s top talent, and 6-foot-1 combo-guard Jake Schockemoehl is another in that Golden Eagles lineage.
Currently Iowa’s 20th-ranked 2020, Schockemoehl is living up to that billing, and is getting better as his sophomore season wears. He’s been working to master his pull-up J, and that’s helped him become a more dynamic scorer.
“Mainly, I’ve improved on my jump-shot and pull-up, that’s been very effective this year, it’s probably the best part of my game right now. I can stop pretty well on a dime and just rise up and hit it,” said Schockemoehl.
“My role on this team is to score the ball, so I’ve been doing that well. I’ve been rebounding really well for a guard, and coach has told me to keep doing that. I’m dishing to guys, stuff like that, it’s been a really fun year.”
Wahlert really made a splash when they took down a red-hot Oskaloosa squad in mid-January; the Indians had been undefeated and the top-ranked team in 3A.
The Golden Eagles, which play in the Mississippi Valley, one of the toughest conferences in Iowa, are now 7-9. But, the record isn’t a true reflection of how dangerous the 3A squad can be come February and March.
“Our record isn’t going to be a true reflection of how good we actually are, just because we play in what I think is the best conference in Iowa. And at the end of the year, it will really help us, because we’ll be more ready for the postseason,” said Schockemoehl, who is averaging 10.7 points and two assists per game.
“We’re confident, we know where we’re at and where we stand. We think we’re a top-5 team in 3A, we believe that strongly, and hopefully we can prove that later in the season.”
College coaches are starting to take notice of the smooth play-maker, and he’ll be visiting UNI on February 3rd. Panthers assistant coach PJ Hogan has been in contact with Schockemoehl.
“I like the school, so hopefully that all comes along well,” said Schockemoehl.
This summer he’ll play with the Iowa Mavericks’ top 16U squad. He’s hoping to see plenty of additional interest come in.
“I’ve pretty much just talked to all the D3s here around town, like Dubuque, Clarke, Loras, they’ve all talked to me. They’ve kind of said, if anything falls through they’ll track me and we’ll see how that goes,” said Schockemoehl.
“I’ve really been working hard, and I hope it pays off this summer.”