Kody Shubert went to college this week, but he’s got one more high school basketball game to play.
The Lincoln Charter star will travel from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., to play in the East-West All-Star Game, for the state’s top players in the 2018 class, at the Greensboro Coliseum July 16. Shubert is the first Lincoln Charter athlete to participate in the one of the annual East-West events hosted by the N.C. Coaches Association. The East-West boys basketball game dates to 1949.
“It should be fun,” Shubert said. “It’s a great honor to even be selected for it. There’s a lot of good players in it.”
A Catawba County native, Shubert made a name for himself at Lincoln Charter, where he scored 2,476 career points and led the Eagles to four straight regional appearances and the 2017 1A state championship.
“I’m happy with what I’ve done, but I’m not satisfied,” Shubert said. “I always want to do more and be the best I can be.”
Proving himself has always been part of the equation for Shubert, an undersized but explosive guard. He’s listed at 5-foot-11, 160 pounds on the Presbyterian roster, and he’s well aware that he’s often discounted by his size. But it drives him to show he belongs.
“It’s nothing new,” Shubert said. “I’ve been faced with it forever. I feel like I did it at the high school level and at the AAU level against some of the nation’s best. I felt like I stuck right there, was right there with them.”
The Division I college game, where everyone is bigger, faster and stronger, will simply elevate the tests. Lincoln Charter coach Bradley Gabriel expects Shubert to excel the way he has since Gabriel first coached him in the third grade.
“He’s almost like a bug or a bee,” Gabriel said. “You can swat him or knock him down, but he’s always going to be there. He’s coming back. He’s not going to take no for an answer. You might beat him sometimes, but you’re not going to do it too often. Eventually, he’s going to get you, and that’s what makes Kody special.”
Shubert has already been hard at work in the weight room in an effort to get stronger for one-on-one match-ups, when larger opponents will try to post him up. And he has also worked extensively on his mid-range jump shot, which will give him another option on drives to the basket. Finishing at the rim will be more difficult in college, so Gabriel notes that being intentional with the basketball will be important.
“In high school, a lot of times he could get to the rim so easily that he didn’t have to make a decision,” Gabriel said.
Shubert is ready for the challenges ahead. He’s already embracing them – including summer school history papers – but he’s also excited to play one more time as a high school star in the East-West game.
“It’s really my last high school event, my last high school thing,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to ending it well.”