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Schachtner named to second team for all-Horizon League

Somerset's Mike Schachtner has earned All-Horizon League honors for the second straight season at UW-Green Bay.

Schachtner, a junior, ranked third in the league in scoring average (15.8), first in free throw percentage (.901), third in 3-point percentage (.468), 10th in field goal percentage (.482) and 19th in rebounding (4.3). He had nine 20-point games this year, including a 27-point night in the regular season finale.

Schachtner was a second team All-Horizon League performer and third team Academic All-American last year after averaging 14.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Schachtner was also named to College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America basketball team.

Schachtner was one of 15 players named to the Division I All-Academic team. He boasts a 3.81 grade-point average as a psychology major and is a second-team selection after being named to the third team last year.

With his 459 points this season, Schachtner has now scored 1,271 points in his three seasons with the Phoenix.

Schachtner creates matchup nightmares for opponents. At 6-9, Schachtner can play on the perimeter or in the post. If opponents try to guard him with a post player, Schachtner will try to beat him off the dribble. If teams try to cover him with a guard, Schachtner will start working in the low post area.

In an interview on Monday, Schachtner said he felt he didn't play up to his potential this season. With his progress during his sophomore season, Schachtner was viewed as the number one option in the UW-GB offensive scheme this season.

"Toward the beginning of the season, I felt that I had to do too much," Schachtner said.

He said one of his goals for next season is sharpening his ability to work out of double-teams, something he faced much more this season as the Phoenix' leading scorer. He said he also wants to improve his ball handling significantly for next season.

Phoenix head coach Tod Kowalczyk said he wants to see Schachtner become a better rebounder and defender for next season. Kowalczyk said the coaches plan to continue expanding Schachtner's offensive role for next season.

After last season, Schachtner worked hard to improve his offensive skills. He focused on getting better at shooting off the dribble and coming off picks.

Kowalczyk said the Phoenix struggled with injuries this season, a key reason the team finished 15-15. Kowalczyk said he thinks the Phoenix has the potential to win the league next season. He said the team had freshman point guards this season, and the team struggled with turnovers. He said those difficulties should be solved for next season.

Schachtner is on pace to graduate in four years with a degree in psychology. He is considering playing professional basketball in Europe after he completes college. He plans to pursue a career in sports psychology. He may work toward a master's degree or possibly get a PhD.

Kowalczyk said that Schachtner has been an ideal player for the Phoenix since he was recruited from Somerset.

"He's a coach's dream. He's a great student from a great family," Kowalczyk said.