Girls basketball: Burlington Central's Schmidt commits to Lewis
Burlington Central junior Kat Schmidt has committed to play college basketball at Division II Lewis University in Romeoville.
Schmidt made her decision Monday.
"The people and coaching staff are all so amazing," Schmidt said. "The atmosphere is a great feel. I also love that it's close to home so my parents can come and see me play. And I'm going in undecided so they have a large variety of majors to offer. The academic piece is also a really big part of why I chose it."
Lewis started talking to Schmidt earlier this season and came to a few of her games. Schmidt went to a camp at Lewis and also visited in the fall and played in an open gym against the current Lewis players who include Geneva graduate Stephanie Hart.
"I got to know some of the girls and I just loved the whole vibe while I was there," Schmidt said. "I've always wanted to play college basketball so this is really exciting."
Schmidt said she chose Lewis over Colgate, San Diego, Rochester and Colorado Springs.
The 6-foot Schmidt is a deadly shooter from 3-point range.
"I think my versatility is a big thing," Schmidt said. "Being able to shoot from the outside but also getting in the paint and getting some postups is huge. Being more of a wing and do all of that and rebound and play good defense."
Schmidt is a strong rebounder who has averaged 7.2, 7.7 and 5.9 rebounds in her three seasons with the Rockets. She's averaged between 14.6 and 16.3 points.
This past year wasn't an easy one for Schmidt who missed a good portion of the season because of concussion and knee injuries. She said her knee is feeling much better and she's looking forward to her senior season on a team that returns all five starters.
Schmidt, a three-time Fox Valley All-Area selection, has a chance to become Burlington Central's all-time leading scorer next year.
"I'm super excited," Schmidt said. "The fact everyone is coming back is really exciting and I think we're going to do really well this year."