Nov, 26 2011; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Robert Sacre (00) posts up against Western Michigan Broncos center Matt Stainbrook (40) during the first half at the Spokane Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Transfer Focus: Matt Stainbrook


Position: Center

Size: 6-foot-10 263 pounds

School transferring from: Western Michigan

Careers statistics:

Sophomore: 26.9 minutes, 11.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 blocks

Freshman: 23.8 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 blocks

How he will fit in:

Stainbrook was named one of Xavier’s three captains for the upcoming season along with Semaj Christon and Isaiah Philmore.  That’s quite the honor and really says something about his impact on the team given that he has only been with the program for one year, and it was a year in which he was forced to sit out per NCAA transfer rules.  Coach Mack has raved about the 6-foot-10 center ever since he arrived on campus, and it seems to be for good reason.

Stainbrook didn’t impress scouts while in high school, but that didn’t stop him from having two productive years at Western Michigan (he led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring his sophomore year).  “He has heavy feet and is a project, but has the skills and could be productive at the low-level schools if he got into tip-top shape” said an ESPN scout during his recruitment process.  Stainbrook didn’t get into tip-top shape at Western Michigan, but he might be when he takes the floor for the Musketeers this year.  There are reports that he lost roughly 50 pounds last year while sitting out.  If he is in potentially the best shape of his life like it sounds, then that is nothing but a positive, but now it will be about his ability to compete against better competition.  This isn’t the Big East of old, but this also isn’t the MAC.

It sounds like Coach Mack has himself a good player on his hands, a player who could potentially be his most productive big man.  However, Stainbrook did tear his meniscus back in the winter, but all reports point to him making a full recovery in time for the season.  There are concerns about the stiffer competition, but I don’t believe that will be a problem.  Given the work ethic and intangibles he possesses, he should be just fine.  And Xavier will be just fine with him holding down the low post.

Tags: Basketball Big East Conference Matt Stainbrook Xavier Musketeers

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