Max Strus was once overlooked by several teams for his lack of size. He didn’t grow until senior year, and by then the major schools already had their recruits set. Lewis University was with them from the beginning and a team his older brother played for.He spent the last two years there. He is no longer lacking in size. Strus is a 6’6″, 215 lb. guard whom I believe can play all five positions. His D1 basketball dreams are starting to come true.
Today, it became official that Strus will become a second generation Blue Demon. His mother, Debbie Brinkman Strus attended DePaul from 1977-1981, where she played basketball and volleyball. She is a member of the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame.
He shined during his two years at Lewis. This season he averaged 20.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. That earned him Division II All American honors, which is voted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Besides that, he was also the Most Valuable player of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Strus scored over 1,000 points at Lewis. He once put up 52 points on 14 for 18 from the field and 12 for 12 from the line, which included a 12 for 14 behind the arc. It was a performance for the ages. Strus also hit a shot from behind the opposite free throw line to beat the USML Tritons; that earned him a #1 spot on a ESPN that night.
Strus had interest from UIC, Toledo, Xavier, Butler, and DePaul. DePaul won out after Strus had taken three visits there. Strus will sit out the 2016-2017 season and then have two years of eligibility.
Congrats Max Strus.