Trevor Stanback: Sophomore Sampler

For skinny young big men, performance frequently takes a back seat. Many stick-legged underclass centers have struggled to produce at an early stage, only to blossom later, and Stanback fits that mold.

You can't yet expect Trevor Stanback to dominate games. At 6-10, 200 pounds, he's still growing into his body and developing a viable skillset to employ against stiff competition. But he's gaining experience at West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade and has flashed enough promise to warrant a national ranking.

Upon first viewing, Stanback obviously lacks a lot physically. The younger brother of former UCLA and UNLV performer Chace Stanback, Trevor grew taller than his sibling very early. For that reason he doesn't have great coordination yet and clearly must gain significant weight before he's ready to absorb contact from fully mature college athletes.

But he already does some good things. Stanback gets the most out of being a southpaw, and to an extent his awkwardness actually works to his advantage. He fires in lefty half-hooks that are difficult for opponents to time, and he also uses his left hand — a better option than the right — almost exclusively to block shots. With a turnaround jump shot that has a high release and appears to be workable with more experience, he should become an effective halfcourt scorer.

A more lingering question is if he'll gain speed and quickness. Stanback isn't an explosive finisher and doesn't run as well as some college coaches would like, but of course that's common for very tall sophomores. And his stride does appear more fluid than it did 12 months ago.

He obviously carries gifted bloodlines and already has enjoyed some solid moments against blue-chip foes, including at the Pangos All-American Camp last summer. His list of suitors consists of numerous Western high-majors, including Gonzaga, UCLA, UNLV and USC. He has listed Connecticut as well.

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