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Posted On: 06/15/18 9:50 AM
The 2018-19 season of the White Bear Lake Bears is one that the school is very excited for. A player like Samuel Schwartz is a big reason for that excitement.
“For my senior year we have four starters returning and two key bench players,” Sam said. “We are going to have a lot of experience and that will allow us to go deep into sections. My personal goal for the team would be to make it through our tough section, and be able to play my last game for White Bear in the Target Center, but there is a lot of work we have to put in to get there.”
Sam helped WBL to a nine game improvement this year averaging 16.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and three assists a game playing four different positions through the season. And this off-season Sam wants to get more physical to board and go at the rim, and he wants to be more skilled handling the ball to play some PG and to attack the basket from the wing.
“For my senior year I am working to get stronger, and more athletic,” Schwartz explained. “Also I am working on my ball handling to create space, and just trying to become as efficient as possible by making open looks consistently.”
The all around versatility of Schwartz has led to a nice group of college coaches making regular contact.
“The main schools that have been in contact with me are Southwest Minnesota State, Macalester, St. John’s, Jamestown , Concordia- Moorhead, Bethany Lutheran, and a couple other schools,” Sam said. “I am visiting Macalester soon, and have to plan a couple other visits for the month of June. I will also be going to a camp at Southwest MN State.”
Sam is once again playing with Minnesota Heat MacDonald who is 18-13 after seven events.
“My top moments from the 17u season has been spending time with my team,” Sam explained. “We all get along well, and that has made practices and games a lot of fun.
“For the upcoming summer tournaments we hope to just improve as a team by playing harder and more consistently, have fun, and win games.”