Schuemer, a senior forward committed to Division II St. Cloud State, had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in Willowbrook's win over Hinsdale South. In the process he became the first Willowbrook player to surpass the 1,000-point plateau for his career. On the season Schuemer is averaging 15 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game and is shooting 56 percent from the field.
Schuemer, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gracik Makinney, spoke with sports editor Joshua Welge about the season. Here's an edited transcript:
Welge: How big of a win was beating Hinsdale South?
Schuemer: That was huge for us, coming off losing to that team twice last year. We knew how bad we wanted it, especially since we already lost a conference game [to Proviso East]. We really needed this win. We've jelled so much together these last couple seasons.
Welge: How good can this team be?
Schuemer: I think we have a really good chance of getting downstate. Winning conference is also a huge goal of ours. It's a lot of fun being in this conference. You can't go into any games thinking you got it. All of these teams are really good.
Welge: Did it surprise you to learn that you were the first Willowbrook player to reach 1,000 career points?
Schuemer: It did. I would have never thought I would have been the first to do it. I definitely have to thank my teammates for reaching this goal. But you can't worry about that stuff. You have to focus on the stuff that's important.
Welge: Do you feel your team is putting Willowbrook basketball on the map?
Schuemer: Yes, it's awesome. We definitely want to make a name for Willowbrook High School. I've known this group of guys for a long time. We knew we had a chance to do it.
Welge: How did you decide on St. Cloud State?
Schuemer: It was in September. I received an offer in July, visited in early September and I fell in love with the school. Great coaches, great school, great atmosphere. They see me playing the [power forward] or [center], basically where I've been playing at Willowbrook and with the [AAU Mercury] Elite.
Welge: How have you worked on your game in the last year?
Schuemer: I've been trying to become more versatile. Keep working on my shot, ballhandling, agility, stuff that will make me faster.