In his four years on
the team, Schoen has logged 60 total minutes and scored 10
points. It's a typical career stat line for a walk-on, and
Schoen knew that coming in. This season, he's been anything
but a typical walk-on, however.
He wants to coach," Weber said of Schoen, whose brother walked
on for K-State football and is coming off a breakout redshirt
sophomore season. "I told him, this is your chance. This is
like an internship. You can be a player-coach. I think he's
taken it to heart. He comes every day with unbelievable
enthusiasm, whether it's the weight room or the basketball
court. When we start our drills, he'll be the one yelling and
getting them going. He's really grown up. He's been very
important to us, there's no doubt about it."
thing to be vocal and try to lead as a walk-on. It's quite
another to have the unanimous respect of your teammates, which
is exactly what Schoen has earned.
"He works hard at
everything — lifting, practice, school. He's the hardest
worker I've probably ever met," junior forward Dean Wade said
of Schoen, a two-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
"He's just consistent every day and he's here working early.
After we get done lifting, he'll go back in after practice and
lift. I really, really appreciate what he's done because it
makes everyone else works just as hard."
definitely one of our leaders," junior guard Kamau Stokes
added. "He holds us all accountable."
In team meetings,
Schoen has been as vocal as K-State's on-the-court leader,
junior Barry Brown. In the weight room, he serves as another
set of eyes for strength and conditioning coach Ben O'Donnell.
On the court, Schoen simplifies the coaching staff's job when
it comes to running scout team.
"Usually we have to get
together, draw it up and run the next play (one at a time),"
Weber said. "Last week they had five plays and they were just
In high school, Schoen embraced the idea
of becoming a basketball coach once he was done playing. At
K-State, he's gathered the knowledge and experience to begin
that journey, and he's learned a little something different
from each Wildcat coach.
Schoen said Weber and
associate head coach Chris Lowery have instilled the value of
doing everything the right way, regardless of how many times
"We're going to do it as many times as we can
to do it the right way. If we don't do shell drill on defense
the right way, we're going to keep doing it until we're do it
right," Schoen said. "You can't chase perfection but if you do
try to chase perfection you're eventually going to reach
From assistant coach Chester Frazier,
Schoen pointed to the energy and detailed defensive passion
needed to create a successful culture on that end of the
floor. Schoen said assistant coach Brad Korn taught him that
"it's not always about how much you say, but it's about what
"I would say one thing that makes our
coaching staff really amazing is that they each kind of have a
different personality but, at the same time, they all have the
same end goal and that is for us to be a successful team,"
Schoen said. "I've learned something from each coach and I
can't wait to apply that someday in my coaching
After this season, Schoen hopes to find a
graduate assistant position somewhere and then move into
either a video coordinator or assistant role. Weber has no
doubt he'll find success.
"Anything he does in life,
he's going to be successful. He's so driven," Weber said.
"He's just a good, quality young man and comes from a great
Until then, Schoen is soaking up every minute
he's on K-State's roster, living out his first dream. On
Saturday, he'll stand next to his family as he's recognized
for senior day. It'll be emotional, he admitted, but the good
"With the last four years and even before that
with my whole life, I've always been dreaming of a senior day
(at K-State)," Schoen said. "It's sad to see my last game be
played at home but, at the same time, I know that it's been a
'Phantom Basketball' Practice
Spurs K-State WBB into Strong Offense Heading into Big 12
Last Friday, before K-State
women's basketball hosted Kansas, head coach Jeff Mittie took
the ball out of practice. Instead of stagnantly staring at the
ball on offense, which he'd seen plenty of on film, he wanted
his players to look, move and work off each other.
result? K-State hung 91 points up on Kansas and 86 at Texas
Tech to close the regular season with back-to-back
"I wanted to get our focus back on the
things that got good shots, not the ball going in but the
things that create good opportunities to score — ball
movement, spacing, good screening action, those types of
things," Mittie said, as K-State (15-14) prepares to face
Kansas (12-17) in the first round of the Big 12 Championship
in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Friday at 6 p.m. "I've done it
before. It can be fun for a team to take the ball out for a
little bit and get creative. Imagination, I think, is good.
The other thing I've liked about it, when I've done it in the
past, is it requires really good eye contact because you have
to know, for instance, 'Did that player give me a bounce
pass?' It's a unique thing to do."
Last time against
the Jayhawks, K-State shot 57 percent from the field, hit
12-of-21 from beyond the arc and dished out 24 assists to
eight turnovers. Against Texas Tech, K-State made 46 percent
from the field and knocked down another 12 treys, its first
two-game stretch with 10 or more made threes this
"We're moving the ball a lot better," junior
guard Kayla Goth said. "Coach Mittie's been playing phantom
basketball. He's taken the ball out of practice to get us
moving a little better. We get caught ball-watching a lot and
not really moving off the ball to get open looks, and we're
doing that a lot better and shooting the ball a lot
Individually, freshman Rachel Ranke may have
benefitted the most from K-State's phantom basketball
practice. The 6-foot-1 guard scored 45 points between the
Wildcats' last two wins, hitting 11-of-21 from 3-point range
to earn her third Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor of the
"I haven't missed a shot without the basketball
yet, so that's been good," Ranke joked. "It's helped me a lot
to be more active without the ball. That's been good for
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