Stanback Hoping for UCLA Offer

2016 four-star Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha center Trevor Stanback is trying to make the transition to playing the four this summer and is hoping for some more offers...

For 2016 center Trevor Stanback, this offseason has been one of transition.

He's moved high school teams, leaving Chaminade to head to Pasadena Maranatha.

He's also changed AAU teams, opting to leave the Pumps program to join up with UCLA-committed point guard Lonzo Ball on Big Ballers.

And now he's trying to make a switch in position.

"I see myself playing the face-up four at the next level," said the No. 12-ranked center in the class of 2016. "I've been working on my jumper and taking the ball up the court, and just working on those aspects of my game. It's going well."

The move to the Big Ballers program has been a good one in that respect because it has afforded Stanback more opportunities to play facing the basket than he had previously.

"It's really important (that I work on my face-up game) because I feel like I'm going to play that in college and later in my career," Stanback said.

The 6'10, 200 pound Stanback is currently hearing from five schools the most, including Connecticut, UCLA, California, NC State, and Arizona State.

"Right now, I have offers from Connecticut, Arizona State, Tulsa, NC State, and UNLV, as well as a few others," Stanback said. "I'm still waiting on offers from UCLA and California."

The Bruins have been in touch frequently, though, and Stanback said he has plans to make a trip up to Westwood soon.

"They haven't said anything about offering, but they want me to come up to campus and take a visit in early August," Stanback said. "They said we'll sit down and talk, so we'll see how it goes from there."

Though his brother Chace was both a Running Rebel and a Bruin at different points in his career, Stanback said his brother's experiences at each school would have little bearing on his decision.

He is taking advice from his brother, though.

"He's just told me to really sit down and do my homework on every school," Stanback said. "Just not listen to all the noise, but really educate myself about each school and what they'll offer me."

As for other visits, Stanback said he'll likely take trips to USC and San Diego State in the coming months as well.

When he does sit down to make his decision, STanback said he'll consider four main factors.

"Education is first and foremost," Stanback said. "After that, I'll want to see who's already on the team, how I fit into the team's style of play, and what kind of relationship I have with the coaching staff."

Stanback said he'd like to commit before his senior season, and left open the possibility that he could commit anytime if the mood strikes him.

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