Russ Schoene

Russ Schoene (pronounced SHAY-nee; born April 16, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player and former assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Washington.

American basketball player and coach
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Russ Schoene
Personal information
Born (1960-04-16) April 16, 1960 (age 61)
Trenton, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Wesclin (Trenton, Illinois)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 1982–1994
Position Power forward
Number 3, 40
Career history
1982–1983 Philadelphia 76ers
1983 Indiana Pacers
1984–1986 Simac Olímpia Milano
19861989 Seattle SuperSonics
1989–1992 Glaxo Verona
1992–1993 Yoga Napoli
1993 Rapid City Thrillers
1994 Buckler Bologna
Career highlights and awards
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Schoene starred at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where the 6-10 forward led the team to two straight Southern Conference championships (1981 and 1982) and an NCAA tournament appearance in 1982. As a senior, he averaged 13.6 points and 7 rebounds a game, and earned league tournament MVP honors.

The Philadelphia 76ers selected Schoene in the second round of the 1982 NBA draft (45th pick overall). The 76ers traded him to the Indiana Pacers during his rookie campaign; he stayed in Indianapolis until the end of the 1983-84 season.

During the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons, Schoene played for Olimpia Simac Milano of the Italian league, where his teammates included former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni and former NBA All-Star Joe Barry Carroll. The team won the Korać Cup in 1985, and Schoene was named the Italian League MVP in 1986.

On October 2, 1986, the Seattle SuperSonics acquired the rights to Schoene, along with guard Terence Stansbury and “future considerations,” in return for guard John Long. Schoene made the Sonics squad, and spent the next three seasons with the team. As a designated off-the-bench shooter in Seattle, he earned the nickname “Catch and Shoot,” firing a career-high 38.2% from three-point range in 1988-89. He scored a career-high 20 points on three occasions. Arguably his best NBA game was on April 24, 1988, when he had 20 points, four rebounds, a steal, an assist, and no turnovers in 33 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers.[citation needed] Schoene wore #40 as a Sonic.

Following the 1988-89 season, he accepted a three-year, $2.4 million contract offer to play for Glaxo Verona in the Italian League. He played in Italy for five seasons, and led Glaxo Verona to win the Coppa Italia trophy in 1991. In 1993, the Sacramento Kings waived him prior to the start of the season. At the end of his professional career, he spent time with the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association.

His career NBA statistics include 1,491 points (5.1 ppg), 735 rebounds (2.5 rpg), and 175 assists (0.6 apg).

Schoene joined the Washington Huskies[1] men’s basketball coaching staff in 2002, following five years as an assistant at Bellevue Community College. He left the team to focus on Samurai Sam’s following the 2003-04 campaign.[2]

In 2005 Schoene joined the coaching staff at The Bear Creek School in Redmond, Washington, where he has helped lead the team to numerous league championships, tri-district championships, and 2 state play-off appearances.[citation needed]

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