"I'm transferring because I didn't feel that the Navy is where I wanted to be," said Stanton. "I really enjoyed the team and coaches, I just couldn't see myself as an officer in the military."
The 6'10, 220 pound Stanton went to high school in Friendswood, TX, averaging 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game. Stanton chose the Naval Academy over Texas A&M, Air Force, Rice, and San Diego out of high school.
In Stanton's first year playing for Navy, he excelled under Coach Billy Lange, scoring 8.0 points per game to go with his 4.0 rebounds as a true freshman.
With the Naval Academy behind him, what does the future hold for Stanton?
Stanton has the athletic ability to play multiple positions on the collegiate level.
official offers from San Diego and Rice," said Stanton. "I am also hearing from
Texas Tech, Gonzaga, and Wichita State."
Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight has always liked big men who can draw the defense out with an excellent perimeter game. Texas Tech assistant Chris Beard saw this attribute in Stanton, and is working on getting the versatile power forward to come to Lubbock.
"Coach Beard is recruiting me. He told me that they don't have a scholarship for me next year, but they could have one open up the next year. I have the size to be a post player at 6'10, but I have the ability to face up to the basket and play on the perimeter. I think I would fit in well to their offense."
With scholarship offers from San Diego and Rice available to Staton, will the lure of playing in the Big 12 and Coach Knight be enough to have him decide to be a preferred walk-on in Lubbock?
"I would like to play for a big-time school like Texas Tech, but the scholarship thing may be a problem. I'm not too sure my mom would go for that. You never know though. It would be a great opportunity for me."