Being in the gym when sleepers emerge is common practice in scouting. In almost every event, whether it be a high school, AAU or camp setting, an off the radar player proves himself as someone deserving of significantly more attention.
The only setting where you don’t expect a sleeper to emerge is USA Basketball but that’s been exactly the case this weekend at the Junior National Team Minicamp.
B.J. Johnson, the Assistant Men’s National Team Director for USA Basketball lives in Colorado Springs and is also the head girl’s basketball coach for local Sand Creek High School.
On the boy’s team at Sand Creek has been a 6-foot-6, 175-pound 2017 small forward named D'shawn Schwartz, who B.J. had been closely monitoring.
“BJ saw I’ve been working hard and he gave me a call,” Schwartz said. “I got the chance to play against the U16s and the girls. They both really liked me and they invited me here.”
At 6-foot-6 with long arms and a nice feel, Schwartz is a versatile small forward who has had success with his jumper and is scoring in transition.
“I like to go to the rim, get dunks, and shoot pull-ups,” he said. “I’m working on rebounding and athleticism.”
Schwartz isn’t taking a “just happy to be here” approach to the camp; he’s trying to prove himself of someone deserving to be a member of USA Basketball.
“I’m not really trying to fit in; I’m trying to make a statement,” Schwartz said. “I want to come back in June and hopefully make the national team. I’m going to keep working. It doesn’t stop here. “
“Colorado and Stanford are the main two I’m looking at,” Schwartz said.
“With Colorado, I love it,” he continued. “The campus is great, the staff is great and they treat me well. Stanford is just a good school; I know I would be set for life.”
Player development will play an important role in where Schwartz chooses to go to college.
“I’m looking for somewhere I can play right away and hopefully get me to the next level,” he said.