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UC Irvine Recruit Ross Schraeder
Likely To Redshirt Next Year--(Nov. 11, 2000)

Antlogo3al.jpg (8276 bytes)According to a published report in the Denver Post, Denver East High boys' basketball forward Ross Schraeder (6'-5" Sr. GF) , who recently announced that he will attend UC Irvine, will sign a National Letter of Intent (if he has though, it hasn't been officially acknowledged by the school, at least not that we've seen).   However, Schraeder told the Denver Post that he expects to sit out next season while he attends classes and concentrates on his studies. 

'They'll redshirt me," he told the Denver Post on November 3, 2000. "And that's fine with me. They have a bunch of guards who are pretty good."  

According to the Post, Schraeder "may be Colorado's sweetest shooter returning this season." He is a 6-5 swing player with a soft touch from the free-throw line to well beyond the 3-point arc. Schraeder told the Post that he is proud to be signing with Cal-Irvine, which in his view  "is one of the top 10 public universities in the nation ... I mean, I chose it because I liked all the guys on the team, the coaches and, of course, it's a great school." 

Projected as a big guard or small forward, Schraeder, who weighs 180 pounds, said he'll "use the time to get stronger."  After transferring from Regis to Denver East last season, Schraeder was the sixth man on the defending champions, who returned all five starters. He averaged nearly 12 points per game as East lost to eventual champion Palmer in the Class 5A semifinals. Schraeder, who carries a 3.9 GPA, also was recruited by Northern Arizona and Dartmouth. According to the Denver Post, he would like to pursue a career in business.

Those interested in catching a glimpse of the future Anteater in action might want to consider checking out the Reebok Holiday Prep Classic in December in Las Vegas, where Schraeder's Denver East Team will be competing from Dec. 18-21 (well, they hope they make it to the 21st and don't get eliminated sooner).   The Denver East team is in a rebuilding season, having lost all five starters from an 18-5 team last year that made it to the State semifinals as noted above. Schraeder, who didn't start, was selected second team All-City, and he's a versatile player.    He's joined by Jason Edwards (6'-5" Sr. PF), James Harvey (6'-2" Sr. G), Jason Buniger (6'-5" Sr. PF), David Bloodwaw (6'-3" Sr. G),   Antonio Porch (6-6 So. C/F) and Damien Mitchell (6'-6" So. C). Others on the squad include Phillip Harvey (6'-3" So. SG)--James Harvey's brother.  The three sophs should provide some added depth, and they were all members of the Colorado Hawks 15-U AAU team which earned a championship title at the nationals this summer.

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