Ross Schraeder graduated from Denver East high school in Denver, Colorado in 2001. As a senior he led his team in scoring while leading the Angels to a state quarterfinal appearance while earning first team All-State and All-Colorado honors.
After high school, Ross went on to play for the Anteaters at the University of California, Irvine of the Big West Conference on a basketball scholarship. After redshirting a year, he went on the finish second in the conference in 3 point % as a freshman in helping the team to a 2nd place finish in the conference. In his sophomore season, he started over half of the games while finishing in the top 5 in the conference in 3 point shooting.
As a junior, Ross started every game while leading the team in scoring. He finished 11th in the nation in 3 point % and garnered the Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. As a senior Ross again started every game and led the team in scoring while guiding the Eaters to a 2nd place finish in the conference. Ross finished 4th in the nation in 3 point % and tied the school record for points scored in a half when he scored 29 in the final 14 minutes of a game against Pepperdine.
He finished his career as the school leader in 3-point field goals made in a career. He was the recipient of UC Irvine’s Lauds and Laurels award, given annually to the top senior athlete. Ross was a 2-time All Big West selection and a 3-time Big West All-Academic team recipient. In his career Ross faced teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation numerous times including UCLA, Oklahoma, and Stanford with the highlight being a win on the road against #13 Stanford in his senior season. He graduated in 2006 with a degree in sociology and education.
After college Ross fulfilled his desire to continue playing and explore the world by pursuing professional basketball overseas. His first stop took him to Jesi, Italy late in the 2006 season. He continued his career in Spain, playing in Huelva, San Sebastian, Los Barrios, Leon, Tarragona, and Burgos over 6 years. He led the league in 3-point shooting his 2nd year with a 52% mark, and he finished in the top 5 in both % and makes every season. He was a part of 3 final four teams, which included one league championship. Ross has visited 20 different countries and is fluent in Spanish.
In addition to directing Pro Skills Basketball of Denver, Ross has also served as Athletic Director at Good Shepherd Catholic School and served as a teacher for 2 years in the school working in both the preschool and the middle school. He has also served as the head varsity assistant for the Regis Jesuit girls basketball team.
Ross is the son of Rick and Pat Schraeder. His dad has been a high school math teacher and high school basketball coach for over 40 years in the Denver area. He has 3 older brothers and 1 older sister. His brother, Brett, was a West Region All-American at Whittier College (CA) while playing goalie for the soccer team. His brother, Eric, was the West Coast Conference player of the year during his senior campaign playing for the St. Mary’s College (CA) basketball team. He then had a professional career playing in Sweden and Germany.
His sister, Amie, earned a volleyball scholarship to the University of Houston. She finished her career at Regis University in Denver setting numerous school records and leading her team to a national division 2 Final Four appearance in her junior season.