The glory years of Lake County high school basketball produced some household names among area basketball fans: Jalen Brunson, Jereme Richmond, Brandon Paul. There were state titles, legendary moments and record-setting performances.
Zion-Benton graduate Admiral Schofield didn’t really have any of those moments or achieve that team success. The Zee-Bees kickstarted Lake County’s terrific run with a second place finish in Class 4A in 2008, but that was before Schofield was around.
Schofield averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds as a senior in 2015. He was a Sun-Times All-Area and All-State selection, but played third-fiddle to Brunson and Zion-Benton star Milik Yarbrough throughout his high school career.
None of that matters too much to Schofield now. The 22-year-old Tennessee graduate is poised to become an NBA draft pick in June, something that has eluded most of the big names from Lake County’s glory years.
“I’ve just been doing it my way and not trying to be like anybody else,” Schofield said at the NBA Draft Combine on the West Side last week. “And staying focused on what I need to do to show who Admiral Schofield is.”
He did that in Tennessee. Schofield averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds as he helped the Volunteers spend four weeks ranked No. 1 in the country. The 6-5 forward shot 41.8% from the three-point line, the key to his NBA opportunity.