It’s been a busy week for the Robert Morris men’s basketball program as they’re adjusting to becoming members of the Horizon League, starting the process of recruiting sophomores and juniors as well as putting a wrap on this year’s recruiting class.
With one scholarships for their Class of 2020 still remaining, the Colonials received a commitment on Wednesday from power forward Patrick Suemnick of Don Bosco Prep (Crown Point, Indiana), the same program that current Colonial Cam Wilbon attended. Aside from Robert Morris, Suemnick also received offers from Cleveland State and Binghamton.
It’s interesting that despite recruiting him for most of the year, Robert Morris only officially extended an offer to Suemnick three days ago.
He didn’t waste anytime joining Andy Toole’s program.
“Robert Morris was one of the very first schools to show interest in me,” Suemnick told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “They actually reached out to me as soon as I got to Don Bosco. They’ve kind of passively been following me, have remained in contact and were consistent about checking in on me. I’ve always had the feeling they had interest in me and wanted me. It was great that they had a spot open up and they decided to offer me.”
“As soon as they offered, I was just so excited. With all the coronavirus stuff going on, it was getting kind of late so I was thinking I might have to go to a junior college. They came in at a perfect time and they’re a great school. I knew going into Don Bosco that I would go there immediately if they offered me. It was just so cool that they came in at the perfect moment.”
The 6’8″, 225 pound power forward averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, shot an impressive 53% from the field and is characterized as a player with a big motor. Even more impressively, Suemnick was awarded the “Grady Eifert All In Award” for earning straight A’s in their college classes and for the effort shown each day in practice and for showing an outstanding team commitment throughout the season.
“Personally, I believe the strongest aspect of my game is my versatility,” said Suemnick. “I like to come in and see what my team has and what they’re missing. I want to be the guy that does the little things like blocking out to get the rebound, set screens, calling everything out offensively and defensively. I want to be the player that does anything and everything that a lot of other players don’t want to do.”
“I also am a player that can shoot, can stretch it out on the wing, I can go down in the post to get a bucket, I can go mid-range to do that. Defensively, I can guard another teams big man, along with one of their wings. I will do whatever I can in order to be effective in order to help out the team.”
Bosco’s 6’8-225(7’1’wingspan) Forward Pat Suemnick of Denmark , Wisconsin has been in”Beast Mode” all season!BIG motor w/HM athletic ability.Scores inside through contact with both hands&rebounds out of his area.Shooting it consistently from 18.Tremendous work ethic!Bosco Family pic.twitter.com/rdM1Hcq4SK
— Bosco Institute (@DonBoscoHoops) November 27, 2019
Not only is Suemnick the last member of the Colonials Class of 2020 but he becomes the first player to commit to the program as a new member of the Horizon League. Being a native of Wisconsin, Suemnick is excited to be able to make a few trips close to home in order to play in front of family and friends.
“Being in the Horizon League is awesome. I get a game in my hometown of Green Bay, we get a game in Milwaukee which isn’t too far and the same thing with Chicago. That’s three games close to my hometown that my family can come see me. That’s a great conference. I was being recruited by Green Bay and Wright State and had an offer from Cleveland State and was talking to most of the teams in the Horizon. It’s cool, I get to play the teams that didn’t offer me and get to go prove myself to them.”