Schermerhorn Signs to Play at Grace College
May 19, 2014By Tom Schermerhorn of West Noble High School
West Noble’s 6’4” shooting guard Drew Schermerhorn signed a letter of intent to attend the NAIA perennial power Grace College Lancers located in Winona Lake. Schermerhorn averaged 18.5 ppg this season in helping lead the West Noble Chargers to a NECC Tourney Championship. The Chargers (18-6) defeated 2A state runner up Westview 61-40 in the championship game. Drew ended his career at West Noble with 1082 careers points while shooting 50% from beyond the arc this year (42/84). Schermerhorn plans on studying Life Science Education while attending Grace. Even though the success of the basketball program was certainly appealing to Schermerhorn, it was the other things that sold him on Grace. “I really liked the combination of the Christian campus and the academics at Grace. Coach Kessler seems to be a man of great character who has established a tradition of excellence while at Grace and I look forward to growing as a person and player while attending college as a student athlete,” Schermerhorn said.
Coach Jim Kessler has been at Grace College for the past 35 years and has built the small college into a national power. Grace has been to the National Tournament 6 times in the past 6 years and even won the Championship back in 1992 under Kessler. Coach Kessler feels that Schermerhorn is a great fit for Grace. “Drew fits in philosophically with what we try to do at Grace. He is a hard worker with good character and we believe his best basketball is ahead of him. Obviously, Drew fits a need we have as far as shooting the ball, but we like that fact that he is one of those kids that fills up the stat sheet without realizing it.”
As for West Noble, don’t mind 3rd year coach Jim Best feeling a little bittersweet these days. While it is exciting to see one of his players go to the next level of competition, Best will miss the example that Schermerhorn set on a daily basis. “Drew always led by his actions and he would never ask anything of anyone that he was not willing to do. Grace College is getting a really good basketball player that can score in a lot of ways but more importantly they are getting a quality human being. He has meant a lot to this program and we certainly appreciate the commitment that he has given us.”
Drew is the son of Tim and Deb Schermerhorn of Ligonier.