Upper Arlington boys basketball coach Tim Casey called a timeout with 5 minutes, 9 seconds left in the first half of a Jan. 11 game against Pickerington North, not only in an attempt to stem the Panthers’ momentum but also to get point guard Geoffrey Schoeny a brief rest.
That was the plan, at least.
No fouls or turnovers meant no stoppages for the next 5:05 of game time, and it also meant that Schoeny and teammate Jacob Schneider increasingly champed at the bit to get back on the floor. Schoeny slapped his hands on the floor in the front of the scorer’s table for plays that went both for and against the Golden Bears, and by the time of the next timeout with 3.7 seconds remaining in the half, Casey pulled Schneider and Schoeny back to the bench to keep them fresh for the third quarter.
“That’s just how I am,” Schoeny said with a chuckle. “Coaches tell me that body language can persuade people to think about you a certain way, and I want people to know I care. I really do.
“It’s always been that way. I’ve calmed down a lot. In elementary and middle school, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut no matter what. Even (on Jan. 11), the refs came up to me a couple times and they were nice about it, but I had to calm down a little bit. When I was younger, I didn’t have much of a filter.”
That might still be the case in some respects for the 5-foot-11 senior, especially when it comes to where he plays. Designated a point guard, Schoeny shoots from outside as readily as he runs into the paint, grabs rebounds and goes head-to-head with opponents who are considerably taller and bulkier.
Schoeny averaged 9.4 points and 4.5 assists through 14 games to help UA to records of 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 21. The Bears were ranked 10th in the Division I state poll released Jan. 17.
“He’s doing a lot. He’s playing well. He’s tough and hard-nosed,” Casey said. “He’s hard to stay in front of. He’s an elite shooter. Sometimes I think he turns down some pretty good looks, but he’s very unselfish.”
Schoeny had a similarly well-rounded body of work as a junior, when he averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals but UA finished 9-12 overall and 1-9 in the league. Schoeny was coming off a torn left meniscus suffered during summer 2020 and missed the season’s first two games, and last fall suffered a sprained ankle but did not miss any time.
“He came in ready to play. He wanted to prove he was back,” said senior guard Quinn Corna, the team’s leading scorer (20.3 points) through 14 games. “We play with huge chips on our shoulder because of last year and Geoffrey probably has a bigger chip on his shoulder than anybody. That’s just how he is.”
Nick Heath averaged 14.6 points before Jan. 21.
Schoeny said he values all aspects of his game equally.
“I like to think I have a complete game and I’m not better at one aspect than another,” he said. “I just try to play hard and do whatever I can. I like playing defense and like playing offense. I’m ready for whatever.”
This article originally appeared on ThisWeek: Boys Basketball: Schoeny sparks Upper Arlington with all-around play