Scouting Tony Stockman

Medina native Tony Stockman is one of two publicized transfers coming into the OSU hoops program. We've heard a lot about him... but can he play? A.T. Buckeye answers that question today.

TONY STOCKMAN

(6-1, 175, G Medina, OH, HS)

Transfer from Clemson

Junior Transfer—eligible to play 2003-2004.

This is one gift that Buckeye fans will have to let sit under the Christmas tree for more time than any would like.  While he is eligible to practice with the team, combo guard Tony Stockman will not be able to yield dividends for the Buckeyes until 2003-2004.  This is a shame because Stockman has a lot of the qualifications that should quickly endear him to Coach O'Brien--- the ability to play two positions on the floor, superb ballhandling, and most noticeably, a sweet stroke from long range. 

Stockman's journey to OSU has had a lot of twists and turns since his senior high school year of 1999-2000.  The co-Ohio Mr. Basketball had interest in the Buckeyes at the time, but the interest in return came with conditions.  The Buckeyes had just brought aboard a hotshot lead guard from the Detroit area named Brent Darby, and a backup to this position was not a priority.  In fact, that year the Buckeyes ended up only taking post players (Matt Marinchick, Zach Williams) and missing out with some of the more promising wing talent on its hit list (Rickey Paulding, Romain Sato) for a wide variety of reasons.  Stockman, naturally seeking a destination that had a high potential for immediate playing time, chose to take his game to Clemson and Coach Larry Shyatt (a native of Cleveland).

Stockman was not lacking in individual success (he led all ACC Freshmen in scoring in 00-01 and all Sophomores in 01-02), although his team came nowhere close to earning similar recognition.  Clemson was a cellar dweller in Stockman's two years, never even getting a whiff of the post-season.  In fact, the highlight of Stockman's entire stay in South Carolina might well have been an upset of top ranked North Carolina in his Freshman season—a game in which Stockman scored 16 points and hit a clutch 3 pointer to preserve the win.  Observing Stockman in action his first two years at Clemson, I was inclined to compare his style of play to former Buckeye guard Jamie Skelton—except Stockman's outside shot is much more consistent.

Opinions amongst Buckeye fans have varied on what Stockman will bring to the table once he becomes available.  A popular point of view in Columbus, particularly after the tournament loss to Missouri, was that the Buckeyes needed more "above the rim" type of performers capable of getting their own offense rather than relying on set plays.  Stockman is clearly not a player of this classification, as his game is all about jumpshots.  But, fear not Buckeye fans.  There are countless reasons to get excited.

First off, Stockman is a proven scorer on a Division I level.  Furthermore, it was in the ACC, arguably the toughest basketball conference in America and home to the last two National Champions.  In his Freshman year, Stockman went for 12.0 PPG and 2.5 APG while shooting 84% from the free throw line and 38% from behind the arc.  This while "sharing" the ball with ACC scoring kingpin and NBA draft pick Will Solomon (who went for 19.7 PPG).

                                FG-FGA %        3P-3PA     %     FT-FTA   %     PPG

00-01   CLEM        126-337  37       75-196      38    46-55       84    12.0

01-02   CLEM        114-325  35       80-220      36    35-51       69    12.2

This past year, Stockman's shooting numbers dipped a bit but not much.  "Above the rim" may not describe his game, but "explosive" could well suit to describe his scoring ability.  Some of highest totals were racked up against the strongest of competition.  This is a kid that gets up for challenges. (see chart)

STOCKMAN'S BEST—  01/02

 

 

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

PTS

12/15

vs ELON

6

16

4

10

3

4

19

1/2

vs YALE

8

14

6

9

0

0

22

1/15

vs NC STATE

6

11

3

4

3

5

18

1/20

@Maryland

8

16

6

13

0

0

22

1/24

@Florida St.

7

17

6

14

2

3

22

2/2

vs DUKE

7

15

5

11

1

2

20

2/13

vs WAKE %

8

14

4

8

10

12

30

2/20

vs MARYLAND

7

17

5

9

0

0

19

2/27

@ N. Carolina*

9

16

8

12

4

6

30

%  Stockman had a career high 6 assists and no turnovers in 43 minutes of play in this 2 OT victory.

* Stockman hit a school record 8 3-pointers, all in the first half at Chapel Hill.  He scored 28 of his team's 40 first half points in that game.

Don't let the slight build fool you.  Double digit scorers on a High Major level are not commodities and it is little wonder why Coach O'Brien jumped at a chance to bring in such a proven talent as Stockman.  The Buckeye Nation may be silently cursing the fact it will be a year until we see our return on this investment (especially with the backcourt questions surrounding OSU going into the summer), but when it is time to cash it in, mark my words.  We will be pleased.

For all of Stockman's game performances in 2001-2002, check out this link.

http://college.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=108 


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