Schuck keeping Trojans on path to Class AAAA playoffs

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He won’t wow you with amazing quickness. He won’t light up the scoreboard with 30 points a night, nor will he be the best defender on the floor in most games.

But what James Island senior point guard Brady Schuck will do is anything necessary to help his team win. And Schuck’s floor leadership is a major reason the Trojans are 12-4 this season, including a 3-0 start in Region 7-AAAA.

Schuck is one of the top players in the area, but also one of the lesser-known stars in the Lowcountry. Opposing coaches certainly know and respect Schuck’s ability. And he made his presence known in last week’s upset win over Wando, scoring six points and dishing out two assists in the final three minutes as the Trojans overcame a seven-point deficit to score a one-point victory.

“He has been doing stuff like that for all of his career,” said James Island coach Stan Wilkins. “He’s a gamer. He’s an unselfish kid and he’s so smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts and he loves to compete in the big games.

“He has been an unbelievable player for us. He’s a special player and a special kid. I would not trade him for any other player.”

The 6-1, 160-pound Schuck has been a four-year starter for Wilkins, averaging 15.1 points and 4.5 assists for his career. Last season, he earned all-state honors with a 17.1 scoring average.

This season, Schuck has changed his role somewhat in terms of being a scorer, but is still averaging 13.5 points and 3.6 assists per game.

“The biggest thing he does is run the show on the court,” said Wilkins. “But when we need a bucket, he is certainly capable of creating things and getting us a score.”

Schuck is receiving minimal recruiting interest, none from the Division I level, a fact that bothers his coach.

“To me, his best basketball will come when he’s 20,” the coach said. “I think he will get stronger physically as he matures more. It’s a downer for me because this kid has been a four-year starter and he can definitely play at the next level. I think a lot of people are missing the boat on him.”

Schuck’s dream is to play for the Maryland Terps, but he realizes that earning a walk-on spot would be difficult. He did make a visit to Maryland during the fall and met with members of the coaching staff.

“We had conversations about me walking on, which is something I would definitely consider,” Schuck said. “At the same time, if some other smaller Division I programs came through with scholarship offers, I would probably accept that. Right now it’s mostly Division II and a few Division III schools.”

Most importantly for Schuck is an opportunity to continue to play the game he loves while earning a college degree. He realizes the work he needs to do to improve his strength and, like his coach, feels his best basketball is ahead of him.

“The coaches that I have talked to all talk about getting stronger, which I will do at the next level if given the chance,” he said. “I feel like I have all of the other things that I need to play at the next level. I’m confident I can be a good college player.”

For now, however, Schuck’s focus is not on his future but the present. With the Trojans having their best season in his four years, the team’s leader has high hopes for a special season.

“We’re talented and we are deep, so we all feel confident that we can make a run this year,” he said. “I think we’re playing as a team and if we can continue to do that, we have a great chance.”