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Prospect Profile

Garrett Stutz

  • Full Name: Garrett Stutz
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 252
  • Birthdate: February 4, 1990
  • College: Wichita State

Strengths:
*Legit size
*Can establish deep post position
*Good face-up skills: range to 3-point line, can put ball on the floor
*Good rebounder, especially on offensive end
*Excellent free-throw shooter
*7-foot-3 wingspan

Weaknesses:
*Doesn’t have quick feet
*Not a great athlete
*Struggles on ball screen defense

NBA projection:
Stutz gave NBA scouts some more to think about after Wichita State’s season ended in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. At the Reese’s Division I College All-Star game, he contributed seven points and seven rebounds for the winning East team. At the Portsmouth Invitational a week later, Stutz measured out as the tallest player there, but more importantly he earned a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 14.7 points (sixth in the PIT) and 11 boards (fourth) in three games. Stutz is in the second-round to undrafted category, but skilled big men aren’t hanging out on every street corner.

2011-12 Season:
Stutz helped lead Wichita State to its first NCAA Tournament berth in six years, averaging a team-high eight rebounds. He was chosen the All-Missouri Valley first team, and also to the league’s most-improved team. That was the second time he’d earned that honor, proof of the development he continued to make throughout his college career.

Key statistics:
13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.1 tpg, 0.4 spg, 24.6 mpg, .542 FG, .303 3PT, .821 FT

Cool statistic:
Stutz and two other senior teammates became the winngingest players in school history, having won 98 games in their careers.

Reminds me of:
Greg Ostertag

What Insiders Say:
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall
“He's always been very productive in his minutes. I bet if you divide his 1,000‑plus points by how many minutes he's played it's going to be pretty high. So maybe his coach should have been playing him more all along. But he's just developed. And it has allowed us to have that low post presence. You can throw it in and play inside out basketball, high percentage shots. He's been very effective and it's been great to watch him mature as a player and a young man.”

What Outsiders Say:
VCU assistant coach Will Wade
“I thought he was one of the most improved players in the country. He does a great job of getting deep post position. He has a great jump hook. He catches it where he wants to catch it most of the time and bulls his way to the rim, but he can also shoot a face-up shot.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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