May 8, 2012

Schwartz-Edmisten to Dominican

Kevin McCarthy

Yes, Virginia, you can play D-V basketball, still catch the attention of college basketball recruiters and, most importantly, land a scholarship. Sacramento Waldorf backcourter Chris Schwartz-Edmisten has completed that hat trick and will be in Marin County come next school year.

photo of Chris Schwartz-Edmisten

Scoring 34 points a game despite facing every type of defense devised displayed Schwartz-Edmisten's collegiate potential and Dominican University Coach Booker Harris was impressed.

So was Schwartz-Edmisten in a mutual admiration society of sorts.

"It [Dominican] was a small school like Sacramento Waldorf and i liked the campus and the strong academics," he explained. "I met the guys [the players on the team] and they were very positive plus the coaches were great."

He is envisioning himself as a two guard for the Penguins and bringing "hard work and shooting ability from the perimeter."

There's a level of maturity and wisdom in the young man as demonstrated in an earlier article in which he said, "D-1, D-2 doesn't concern me at all, the division of basketball play won't define my college experience." So many youngsters, let alone adults, never even approach the depth of that thinking during the recruiting process.

This is Harris' first full recruiting season and, besides Schwartz-Edmisten, he and his staff have landed 6-foot-1 Matt Hayes out of Yuba City, another sharpshooter who is also an ace in the classroom, plus 6-foot-5 K.J. Logue from Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks.

Dominican plays in the Pacific West Conference, along with Academy of Art University (San Francisco), and Notre Dame de Namur (Belmont) locally plus BYU Hawaii, Chaminade, California Baptist (Riverside), Dixie State (Utah), Grand Canyon and Hawaii-Hilo.

Schwartz-Edmisten offered thanks to "my coach, Dean Stark, and my parents. My Dad put a lot of time in with my high school program and driving me around for tournaments and my Mom provided a lot of support."