Cole Schmitz, a 2016 Verona Area High School grad, was one of five University of Chicago men’s basketball players honored in the 2019-19 NABC Honors Court, announced Wednesday, July 17 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Honors court members must satisfy four criteria to be recognized. They must be a junior or senior academically and a varsity player, have attended their current institution for at least one year, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year, and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Schmitz is a senior majoring in economics at Division III UChicago. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound forward was an honorable mention all-University Athletic Association as a junior, and was also selected all-UAA Academic Team.
He is third on Verona’s all-time scoring list with more than 1,300 points. After two years as a role player at UChicago, the former Wildcat stepped into a larger role last season for the Maroons, starting 24 out of 25 games and averaging 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 47 percent from the field.
The University of Chicago also received the NABC’s Team Academic Excellence Award. The award is given to teams who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season.