OHS’ Schrage Signs With Grand View Basketball
By Jason Van Arkel, April 05, 2017
Over her four-year Ottumwa basketball career, no one worked harder or was more consistent than guard Jada Schrage. It was those qualities, along with an improved jump shot and stellar defense, that earned Schrage a shot to play at the next level. She signed her letter of intent Wednesday afternoon to play collegiately at Grand View University in Des Moines.
“It’s really exciting, finally knowing where I’m going,” Schrage said, “and not having to worry about where I’m going to end up next year.”
The 5-foot-9 combo guard averaged 8.6 points per game in her senior season, and helped lead Ottumwa to winning a share of the CIML Metro Conference championship. Schrage shined on defense as well, leading the Bulldogs with 26 blocked shots. She says Grand View is a perfect fit for her.
“I went on a visit, and it just kind of felt right,” she said. “They had my major, which was a big thing for me, and then I went and watched a game, and I really like the way they played.” Schrage plans to major in sports management. Her Ottumwa head coach, Kevin Patterson, thinks Grand View is fortunate to sign a player of her caliber.
“When they started recruiting her this year, they mentioned over and over that they need a shooter,” Patterson said. “Jada has improved and been a good shooter for us the last few years. She’s a kid who spends a lot of time in the gym, so she’s only going to get better in that realm. With her length, and how she’s improved overall as a defender, I think she’s somebody that’s going to be able to help them.” Schrage said playing in the CIML has prepared her for moving up from high school to college ball.
“Sophomore year really built me up because we had to play so many hard teams,” she said. “That just prepares you even more, because there’s no way to be fit for that competition unless you play that type of style.”
Schrage made 47 three-pointers in her senior season, second only to Kacy Nickerson on the Bulldogs. Patterson, though, said her mark on his program goes far beyond the big shots she made.
“The legacy she left for the younger players is not only improvement, but just how to carry yourself on the floor,” he said. “Calm, collected, always knew the time and score. She was just somebody you could count on in situations to know what the team needed at that time.”