As with any team, the unsung heroes don’t always receive the attention but make no mistake without them the team is destined for failure.  

Alex Schmidt (2020) is a 6’2” combo-guard from Chesterton High School in NW Indiana.  On the varsity level, he experienced some success last season but had to wait his turn, so to speak, playing behind several seniors.  Alex gained a great deal of knowledge from the situation and his game has flourished.  The Chesterton Trojans picked up the school’s first sectional title since 1987.  The old-school folks will remember that team was led by Matt Nover who went on to play for Indiana University (1992 Final four) and also star in the movie Blue Chips.  The 2019 team finished 19-7 and are off-and-running this year looking to go even deeper in the tournament.

Alex is now a team captain and an integral part of this team’s success.  Most of the headlines are earned by star Jake Wadding but Alex all-around play is a key factor that keeps the engine running.  Put your hard-hat on, clock in and go to work is the mantra for this blue-collar player, “Team first, win first and compete” stated Alex.  A silky-smooth jumper with good-handles provides quite a mismatch for opponents.  He can guard and play multiple positions on the floor making him that much more valuable for his team and the next level.  Alex is a part of the elusive “90-50-40 Club” shooting 90% free-throws, 50% from the field and 40% from long-range.  

This highly-efficient player is being looked at by Trinity Christian (IL) and a host of other NAIA schools.  In the classroom, he carries a GPA of 3.4 and scored an 1100 on his SAT showing his work-ethic continues off the court as well.  College coaches looking to keep the engine running are sure to fall in line.  Having a competitive hard-nosed coachable player with many skill-sets is sure to make that happen.  Head coach Marc Urbn said, “He is a sleeper for someone.  His basketball IQ is off the charts and knows how to play.  He has the ability to be effective in a ball-screen situation.  A crafty guard and a really good shooter.  He is a very likable kid that loves basketball and loves to compete.  He would make someone’s program better”.