Chet is a very good shooter who plays smart, with a well-rounded game. He can put the ball on the floor and hit the pull-up jumper as well, and isn't afraid to mix it up. He suffered a bit at times on offense when his team was under pressure, as evidenced in their quarterfinal loss to the Tim Thomas Playaz. Chet was all over the score sheet in the first half, getting the ball on the perimeter and slashing through the middle. But when his team trailed by 10-14 points in the second half, his teammates stopped passing and each tried to make the comeback all on their own. Still, he was high scorer on his team, even ahead of NBA-bound Sani Ibrahim. I saw enough in three games to see an intelligent player who hustles. In a more set team offense, I see the potential for him to star.
His defensive intensity is a big part of his game, as well. From tip to buzzer, he gets after his man every second, and has a watchful eye on the rest of the court, looking for steal opportunities. When I talked with a Princeton coach after one of Chet's games, the defense was what had him most excited. To be fair, I have to say that his excellence on that end of the court doesn't come from exceptional quickness, but instead from position and hustle. One area for development would be rebounding and jumping. He has to have the ability to get up, as he has been a successful competitive high jumper, but he needs to actively assert himself in that facet of his game. His overall athleticism is similar to a Matt Lottich, but needs to be applied in the paint.
I then talked to Chet's father, Len, who turns out to be a
regular consumer of The Bootleg. (He had mostly good
things to say about the residents of the HoopsBoard
Next: Interview and photo gallery of Chet Stachitas