The next player we’re looking at in our series of player recaps is 6-9 power forward/unstoppable force from Naptown, Stephan Van Treese.
After seeing nothing but garbage minutes during his freshman season, Stephan stepped his game up and found himself on the court more. SVT played 13.3 minutes per game, averaged 2.9 points and 3.5 boards in that time. His offensive game is still very much a work in progress and mostly consists of putbacks or transition baskets, but he did shoot 70% from the floor. However, at the foul line, well, let’s just say he has a lot of potential there. SVT shot free throws at a 31% clip (9-29).
But, on the brightside, it’s a huge improvement over his 0% (0-1) mark as a freshman.
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Stephan’s breakout game, in which we saw the type of player he could become, came against South Florida on January 9. He played a career best 33 minutes and scored 12 points with 14 rebounds, including 9 on the offensive glass. SVT also provided the highlight reel play of the game with a ferocious two handed slam off an underneath out of bounds pass from Mike Marra.
It was really tough to come up with something to categorize as a low point for SVT’s season, but I’ll go with his final two games of the year. He only played a combined 6 minutes against UConn in the Big East tournament final and Morehead State in the NCAA tournament and in those two games, recorded 0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, and 1 steal. Not exactly the strongest way to finish the year.
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Heading into next season, I would love to see SVT develop something resembling a low post offensive game. I’m not asking him to become Patrick Ewing, but if he can add just one or two post moves that would really open things up. In the halfcourt setting, Stephan was an offensive liability. He had no post moves to speak of and with his less than stellar passing ability, he was pretty much a guy to move the ball without turning it over. If he can add the threat of an offensive post presence, I think he will be a reliable contributor on next year’s squad.