Posted On: 04/17/19 2:42 PM

Dubuque, Wahlert projects to be one of the better teams in Class 3A next season, it’ll be a strong senior class that will lead the charge.

The Golden Eagles’ point guard, Cael Schmitt will be an integral piece of that unit. The 5’11 floor general had a breakout junior season and it’s his leadership and all-encompassing skill-set that’s so valuable.

“I think I can really make an impact on both sides of the court; being a point guard, I think it’s important to get teammates involved, and also I like to be an extension of my coach on the floor,” said Schmitt.

“I can score myself, too, and I feel like I can at all three levels, being able to shoot the 3, get by my defender and take it all the way to the hoop. Defensively, I like to ramp up the pressure and get up on people and take them out of their comfort zone.”

Schmitt averaged 13.4 points and team-bests 4.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game this past season. Fellow juniors Jake Schockemoehl and Isaac Ripley averaged 17.6 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.

“We’re really excited for next year,” Schmitt said. “Our expectations are to win a state championship and all of us think that’s very attainable.”

First, though, Schmitt will play an important 17U offseason with Iowa Barnstormers 17u Black.

“We have a great team and right now, the biggest goal is to get healthy, some of our guys are kind of banged up,” said Schmitt. “Our goal is to go into every tournament and win every one that we’re in, and hopefully get some college looks, too.”

Recruitment: “I’ve gotten a little bit of interest from some D2s,” said Schmitt. “But for the most part, I’m getting looked at by D3s and NAIAs.”