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By GOOSE LINDSAY
There’s never been much doubt that Oliver Springs’ Dan Schultz would play basketball on the college level. Now we know where as the Bobcat shooting guard who scored 1,793 points in his career recently signed scholarship papers with Roane State Community College.
“Oh I’m very excited,” Schultz said after signing with the Raiders. “All my hard work has paid off. I like the guys at Roane State and it’s close to home. Plus I think Roane State) coach (Randy) Nesbit can get me to the next level after junior college.”
“I’m thrilled for Dan,” Bobcat head coach Tony Ingram added. “He’s definitely earned it; he’s put in a lot of hard work for four years. I think one thing Roane State loves about him is his love for the game and great understanding for the game.”
At Oliver Springs, Schultz was known mainly as a great outside shooter, but he also had the ability to take it inside and shoot over the big boys in the paint. That ability to rise over defenders didn’t come easy.
“I could jump a little when I got to high school, but I worked on it a lot during my freshman and sophomore years,” Schultz said. “I gained a lot on my vertical (jumping) since my first year.”
The ability to shoot a true jumper and not simply shoot flat-footed is something Roane State head coach Randy Nesbit loves about Schultz and he believes it gives him a leg up on a lot of incoming freshmen at the college level
“He’s very athletic and he already has some college type skills,” Nesbit said. “He’s got an explosive college style jump shot. We’ll tighten it up some, be we won’t have nearly as much to work on with Dan as with most players coming out of high school.”
“He’s going to give Roane State a weapon,” Ingram added. “He’s ready to come in and be a scorer so they can spend time working on his other skills.”
One thing that will be different for Schultz at the college level is where he plays. In high school, Schultz played the shooting guard position, but he will be playing the point guard position at Roane State because of his height, 6’.
Nesbit, however, believes the transition shouldn’t be too difficult.
“He’s still going to be a shooter for us, but there’s not a huge demand out there for six-foot shooting guards so we’ll move him to the point to give him a chance to play at the next level,” Nesbit said. “Dan’s got a really good feel for finding the open man and knowing what kind of pass to make to get it to him.”
Schultz also isn’t too concerned with making the move.
“I know I’ll have to work on my ball handling, but I don’t think moving to the point will be that big,” he said. “I’ve always been able to see the floor pretty good so the only real change will be bringing the ball up the floor more.”
Schultz’s work ethic should also help him get ready for college hoops before he ever attends his first class.
“Dan’s got to get stronger, but the beauty of it is that he’s only 10 minutes from our weight room,” Nesbit said. “He’ll make great strides before he even enrolls for class.
“I’ve just got to keep working,” Schultz added. “I’ve got to lift weights and run, but that’s what I do every summer.”