West De Pere (Wis.) 2015 Forward Cody Schwartz is having a monster sophomore season. Averaging nearly 20 points per game, Schwartz has the Phantoms at 8-1 overall and unbeaten in Bay Conference play. We caught up with Schwartz over the weekend to get the latest...
"It's been good," Schwartz told NY2LASPORTS.COM Sunday night. "Our team has played pretty good this year. We just seem to have better chemistry, guys know their role. We're getting off to a good start.
"I'm just a lot more confident this year, than I was last year. As a freshman, you come in and need to prove that you deserve to be on the team. This year, I just feel a lot more comfortable. You just go out and play hard every night."
Schwartz holds early offers from Creighton, Northern Iowa, and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Schwartz was able to visit Creighton at the start of the season and an assistant coach from the Blue Jays watched him practice this season as well.
"I liked Creighton a lot when I went there," he said. "I like their campus a lot. Coach (Greg) McDermott was really good. All the coaches were just telling me to keep working hard."
Schwartz was at Northern Iowa in October. Watching the Panthers practice gave the 6-7 forward his first taste of college basketball.
"It was actually the first college practice I've ever seen," said Schwartz. "It was nice to see them practice and get an idea of what college is like. I toured the facility and I liked that too."
Wisconsin-Green Bay has hosted Schwartz a handful of times this season. Phoenix Head Coach Brian Wardle came out to watch the sophomore last week and had a chance to speak with Schwartz afterwards.
"I talked to him a little bit," Schwarz explained. "He said he'll try and get to a lot of my games. I went to a couple games, one of which they beat Marquette. That was pretty fun. It was nice."
Iowa State and Wisconsin are two high major programs giving Schwartz early attention.
Schwartz was also in Ames in October for an unofficial visit.
"I haven't talked to them much," said Schwartz said. "I went there for a visit somewhere in October. I watched a practice, got to see what their facilities were like. It was pretty nice."
Schwartz also took a few visits to Madison in the fall. Wisconsin Assistant Coach Greg Gard has been out to watch Schwartz, who would like to see the Badgers in action this season.
"He said he'll try to get to a couple more games during the season," Schwartz explained. "I'd like to try and maybe go to a practice, try and get down there another time. I'll probably see what works, a weekend game or something like that."
He played with the Wisconsin Blizzard during the grassroots travel season.
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