Former Conrady Student Max Strus Signs with Bulls
Max Strus, the former Conrady and Stagg basketball player who went on to set numerous records at both Lewis and DePaul universities, signed a contract with the Chicago Bulls.
He had signed earlier this year with the Boston Celtics.
Strus, a Hickory Hills' resident, will split time between the Chicago Bulls and their D-League affiliate Windy City Bulls and can spend up to 45 days on the NBA roster.
The 6-foot, 5-inch Strus can get to the rim with authority but also is deadly from beyond the 3-point line.
Conrady boys’ basketball coach Grant Griffith saw some of the same qualities in Strus’ game a decade ago that his professional coaches are raving about today.
“Max was a tough kid with a great-looking shot,” Griffith said. “And he had an incredible basketball IQ.”
Strus averaged 19 points and nine rebounds as a senior at Stagg High School before taking his game and his 6-foot-5-inch frame to NCAA Division II Lewis University in Romeoville where he was named an Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore before heading to DePaul.
While at Lewis, he scored 52 points in one game where he shot an incredible 12 for 14 from three.
Strus left Lewis for DePaul and the physical Big East Conference where he brought his chiseled body and laser three-point jumpshot.
After averaging 16.8 points per game and shattering 3-point records at DePaul as a junior, Strus was named a second-team All Big East selection as a senior.
He scored 43 points during a game against St. John’s, which included 36 in the second half.
Griffith said he couldn’t be happier or more proud of what Strus has accomplished. “Max was always a high-integrity kid with great court vision and work ethic,” he said. “I attribute his incredible success to his character.
“That is where his extraordinary qualities come into play,” Griffith said. “It’s his commitment, self-discipline, teamwork and sacrifice that has taken him to this level. He never got down on himself or his teammates. Max is the kind of kid that everyone wants to be around because of his positive attitude.”
Griffith said “it’s been fun watching Strus grow from Conrady to Stagg to Lewis to DePaul and now to the NBA.” “Max truly deserves all the accolades he has received every step of the way.”
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