Jacob Schaefer

Posted at: 01/23/2013 10:48 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "It's kind of funny, because I actually had a basketball with me in my crib," Lourdes junior center Jacob Schaefer said. "I think the first time I started playing seriously was in fifth grade with a traveling team."

"He plays 12 months out of the year, and he really wants to be a special player," Eagles coach Jim Daly said.

Schaefer is well on his way, averaging close to 24 points and ten rebounds a game for Lourdes.

"We've never had someone who's six-seven, close to six-eight, but Jacob is also one of our best athletes," Daly said.

He also takes his role as a team leader very seriously, even though he is only a junior.

Schaefer's experience on varsity these last two years has allowed him to serve as a mentor to the underclassmen.

"It's a great experience to work with them and be a positive influence on everybody younger at Lourdes," Schaefer said.

He is used to that role, since Schaefer has three younger brothers.

"Having my brothers around at home, it's great to always have somebody to shoot with," Schaefer said.

Anything for a 'W.'

"It's the little things that lead to wins," Schaefer said.