Stephan Van Treese
6-9, Sr., Center
Averages: Van Treese as a senior averaged just 2.9 points a game but was second on the team with 5.7 rebounds a game. Van Treese averaged 21.6 minutes a game and also was third on the team with 30 blocked shots and hit 63.8 percent from the field, while also picking up 37 steals and 27 blocked shots.
Career numbers: In five years at U of L, Van Treese played in 126 games and started 34 for an average of 13.6 minutes a game. He scored 279 points (2.2 a game) and had 460 rebounds, 78 steals, 49 blocks and 48 assists.
Overview: Van Treese was nicknamed a lot of things but perhaps the most fitting was "Big Hustle," because of his always ready to go attitude. He wasn't a threat on offense but turned out to be a solid force on defense and the second-leading rebounder on the team. Van Treese had a very serviceable senior season for the Cardinals.
Best game: Van Treese played as well as at any point of his career in the final 10 games of his career, including a 10-rebound, five-point, three-steal effort – including his only career three-pointer – in the AAC semifinals against Houston.
Quotable: "I enjoyed every minute of my college career," Van Treese said. "I have been so blessed to be part of the things I accomplished with this team. I feel very fortunate to be part of coach P's family and do the things we did."
Fun stat: Van Treese finished his career 119 of 181 (65.7 percent) from the field, so when he shot it wasn't a bad percentage.
Bottom line: SVT will be missed by the Cardinals because of his all-out hustle attitude and his ability to play his role. He wasn't needed to score, so he didn't but he was needed to rebound and hustle, which he did. Look for Van Treese to get an opportunity to play overseas somewhere this coming season.