The 2016-17 University of Chicago men’s basketball team has welcomed aboard five newcomers: Jordan Baum, Jake Berhorst, Mattia Colangelo, Cole Schmitz and Sam Sustacek. And with the Maroons season starting up this Tuesday, here is your chance to learn a little more about them.
Who? Cole Schmitz. Forward. 6-5. 195. No. 3.
From? Madison, Wisconsin.
High school? Verona.
“Cole is very advanced physically, which may make his adjustment to college basketball a bit smoother than most. He is strong and athletic and can score in a variety of ways.” -Coach Mike McGrath.
What class at UChicago are you most looking forward to taking? “I am most looking forward to taking classes towards my actual major. The Core which we are currently in is interesting and important, but taking Public Policy/ Political Science classes will be more engaging for me.”
What is your favorite thing about Hyde Park, so far? “My favorite thing about Hyde Park is the community feel and how connected the university is with it.”
What NBA player(s) would you compare your game to? “Steve Nash, Ray Allen, LeBron, Tim Duncan, Kareem.”
What television show could you binge watch forever? “I could binge watch Narcos and The Blacklist for 24 hours straight.”
What is the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from your teammates going into your first season? “The best piece of advice is to never get too stressed out about an essay or exam. Know that everything will work out in the end, even if you feel like you’re struggling.”
What did you want to be when you were growing up? “When I was little I wanted to be an NBA player…I no longer have that aspiration!”
What is your favorite sneaker of all time? “My favorite sneaker of all time is the Jordan retro 11s.”
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat?” Snapchat. It’s the easiest and most efficient way to keep in touch with everybody back home.”
What sealed the deal on you coming to play basketball for UChicago? “What sealed the deal was the type of education I had the opportunity to get, as well as the chance to play basketball with a group of guys I really liked.”
Do you have any weird pregame rituals? “I always put my left sock on before my right one for no real reason.”