C-N’s Stoeffler and Reischauer sign with Mount Mercy
Colo-Nesco seniors Brady Stoeffler and Christian Reischauer decided to stick together for four more years as both signed a Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
Stoeffler is the son of Randy and Kris Stoeffler of Colo. He averaged 16.1 and 7.0 assists per game as the point guard for the Colo-Nesco boys’ basketball team, helping the Royals go 22-2 and win the Iowa Star Conference with a perfect 17-0 record.
Stoeffler was a unanimous all-ISC first-team pick.
Reischauer is also from Colo and he is the the son of Joel Reischauer and Paul and Donna Selindh. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists this past season for Colo-Nesco.
Reischauer, too, was a unanimous selection to the all-ISC first team. He was named second-team all-state by the Iowa Newspapers Association.
“We’re very excited to get both of them,” Mount Mercy head coach Aaron Jennings said. “The connection happened with Brandon Eley (the Colo-Nesco assistant coach) when he was at AIB competing against Mount Mercy. In finding these two, I loved how well they play together and how aggressive they both are. Here at Colo they play an up-tempo style of basketball - they’re always attacking - and and that’s what we want to do, so I think they’re just going to fit in perfectly.”
Stoeffler origionally made the call to attend Mount Mercy. But he kept quiet about it as to not influence Reischauer’s decision.
“I always thought it’d be cool to play with him, but I didn’t really want to tell him what to do,” Stoeffler said. “I just left it up to him.”
In the end it didn’t matter. Reischauer followed him anyway.
“I kind of gave him a couple hints that maybe I was thinking about going there,” Reischauer said. “It’s going to be fun playing with him and carrying on what we had for four years (at Colo-Nesco).”
Reischauer and Stoeffler have actually been playing together since before high school. They started playing around third or fourth grade, according to Stoeffler.
“We’re good teammates and we’re just really good friends,” Reischauer said. “We’ve always been friends since we were little.”
Brady said the coaching staff at Mount Mercy and the campus were strong selling points for him. Reischauer concurred with Stoeffler regarding the influence of the coaching staff and also said he liked what Mount Mercy offers academically.
Having a strong program doesn’t hurt either. Mount Mercy went 26-8 last season.
“They contend every year,” Stoeffler said. “They had a really good team last year that made it to the (NAIA Division 2) national tournament. They’re really competitive and that’s good.”
Stoeffler and Reischauer will both get the opportunity to adjust to college life and the program before leaving their mark at Mount Mercy. The Mustangs will be led by a large senior class this upcoming season, and then Stoeffler and Reischauer will be ready to contribute in 2017-18.
“I’m never going to hold anybody back, but to have this large senior class of great basketball players and them coming in to compete against them every single day is going to do nothing but help grow their games,” Jennings said. “Brady being a point guard that creates and Christian being a wing that can just attack is going to help continue to grow our program.”
Stoeffler said he is planning on studying business at Mount Mercy. Reischauer said he is leaning toward a science-related major.