LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - He was a 1,000 career point scorer at UW-Superior. Finished last season with 12 double-doubles and a triple-double. And was named the UMAC conference Player of the Year as a junior as well as receiving other national recognition.
Now for the 2016-2017 season he's a UW-La Crosse Eagle.
Zach Schradle transferred to UWL after playing three seasons in Superior. The senior is eligible to play right away since his old school is no longer a member of the WIAC.
"When we played Bradley, I mean they had their hands full. He was physical enough to go in there and lean on them and try to make plays and get to the line," said head coach Ken Koelbl referencing back to the team's exhibition game.
"We have not had a 6-foot-5 four man. That is like really good. We will take him. He is a great kid, great kid."
The Clayton, Wisconsin native is an NCAA III preseason All-American after averaging 22 points per game last season. His impact with the Eagles was felt immediately after scoring a team-leading 21 points in their regular season opener last week at Lakeland.
"I pride myself on being versatile. I can play big, I can play small. I like to score in the line, I like to get my teammates involved and I am here to hang another conference banner and that is what we are going to try and do."
Schradle will play alongside senior Austin Fritz in the post. At guard, sophomore Ben Meinholz returns as the top scorer from last season's conference title team.
UWL is picked to finish second this season behind UW-Oshkosh in the WIAC preseason poll after the Eagles won their first conference championship since 1964.
"I think last year was huge from the standpoint of "It can be done at UW-La Crosse", said Koelbl.
"There was a long drought, I think there is always a little doubt in the back of your mind. The attitude now is that we can be good in our league. La Crosse can be known for its basketball program."