Stutz Enjoying Recruiting Process

Garrett Stutz is a busy kid. The 6-foot-11 center from North Kansas City High School made an unofficial visit to Nebraska this past weekend and has several other visits set up during the next two months.

"I'll be gone for seven of the next eight weeks and possibly all eight," Stutz said on Sunday night.

Stutz has narrowed down his list of schools to around 10.

Saint Louis University, Wichita State, Southern Methodist, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas State and Northwestern have offered scholarships. Kansas, Kentucky and Marquette have not offered, but are still in the mix.

The Billikens are coming for an in-home visit on Monday night.

Stutz made an unofficial visit to St. Louis in late June, when he took a tour of the campus and talked with SLU's coaches. He said he definitely wants to make another visit to the campus, either on an official visit or another unofficial, because his mother wasn't able to make the first trip to see SLU.

While he doesn't name any favorites right now, the Kansas City center acknowledged that Saint Louis U. and coach Rick Majerus fits the criteria is what he's looking for in a college basketball program.

"I've always considered a good coach and coaching staff more important than playing in a major conference," Stutz said. "I also want to go to a school in a big city and Saint Louis definitely fits into that category."

What else is he looking for?

"I definitely want to graduate," Stutz said. "I want to get a good degree. I want to go somewhere where I have an opportunity to win and hang some banners in the gym."

Stutz is looking forward to spending more time with the Billikens coaches on Monday night, and trying to find out more their basketball philosophies, offensive and defensive systems and how he will fit in with the Billikens.

He also said he doesn't think it's a big deal that SLU already has commitments from two other 6-11 post players (Brett Thompson and Willie Reed). Stutz has heard about the success Majerus has had with centers and power forwards, including Keith Van Horn and Michael Doleac at Utah, and has done his own research.

Stutz is working on setting up his five official visits, though he may change some of his unofficial visits to official visits. Right now, he is scheduled to make unofficial trips to Northwestern (Sept. 29), Kansas State (Oct. 6), Kentucky (Oct. 13) and Iowa State (Oct. 20).

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