Created: February 05, 2020 11:56 PM
(ABC 6 News ) - The Stewartville boys basketball team is boasting a 17-4 record and riding a three game win streak. A player who is helping make that a reality is 6'8 forward Will Tschetter.
"I think it's inspirational that a younger guy, not a senior is kind of dominating," Head Coach Adam Girtman said. "That through hard work and perseverance, I may not be able to get to that level but I can be pretty darn good as well."
Tschetter has been a force and focal point for the Tigers this season. He is averaging over 30 points a game and leads the state in both scoring and average points per game. But it's not just his stature and athletic ability that separates the junior from other competitors.
"His work ethic," Girtman added without missing a beat. "A lot of people think he is tall that's why he's good, but when we're running open gyms here during the summer, he's doing drills on the side. He's really driven to be as good as he can be and I often think that gets overlooked with the success he has."
Tschetter echoed that his off-season prep was huge in having success this season, while also, "working individually, getting shots up, working on my ball handling are all things that I worked on."
While his hard work is showing on the hardwood, Coach Girtman also added another difference maker for Tschetter this season has been him growing inot his 6'8 frame.
"He's starting to realize what he can do with his body," Girtman said. "So, I think the next year and a half are going to be pretty exciting to see what he can do."
As for this season, Will is proving he's a multi-faceted basketball player being able to shoot efficiently from all over the court.
"[He's] shooting 67% from the 2-point line, 45 from deep," Girtman elaborated. "So, statistically I think it'd be tough to improve on that, but you're hoping for more consistency. Other teams don't know how to stop him, he can score inside/outside, so he's a tough match up and a good guy to have on your side."
As much as Tschetter can pour it in, Coach also added the junior does his job to get the ball to his teammates.
"He's good at kicking it out, finding the open guy because they have a good shot. He looks to get others involved. He's an overall team player and he's a real important of what we're trying to do."
Not only is Tschetter a multi-dimensional basketball player, he's a multi-sport athlete. He's the Tigers' starting quarterback and during 2019, he led his team to an undefeated regular season, showing his success from one sport can bleed into another.
"Multiple sport athletes are, I think invaluable to any team because you sit through high leverage situations in football and that when you get into basketball you it's not the first time you've been through it," Girtman said.
Tschetter agreed and added that, "being around sports helps translate to the basketball court."
With one year of high school left, Will is working on the legacy he wants to leave behind, which includes bringing his best every single day, showing his love for the game and the school.
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