Stanback Has Options

Mar. 31 -- Trevor Stanback is one of the west's top center prospects in 2016 and has some schools seriously recruiting him...

After a promising sophomore season, 2016 center Trevor Stanback transferred from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade to Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha for his junior year.

It wasn't a seamless transition, however, as Stanback sat the majority of the year with an undisclosed medical condition. Stanback eventually was cleared for action in time to help lead his team to a CIF title.

"It was hard watching my teammates practice and play and not be able to contribute," Stanback said. "It really hurt me, but it only gave me motivation to come back stronger better than ever."

At 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, Stanback has good size for the position, nice length and while he's just okay athletically, he has terrific feel as a shot blocker and rebounder, while he's also a nice passer who can hit elbow jumpers.

"I'm getting better on offense, finding my teammates, I'm able to hit open jump shots and I'm hustling a lot more," Stanback said.

California, N.C. State, USC, UCLA, Stanford and Oregon are the main schools recruiting Stanback, all of which have offered but UCLA.

He broke down what he likes about Oregon - his most recent offer - and the local schools recruiting him.

Oregon: "It's an amazing school, it's a great place to live, the coach is a great guy and they play team ball."

USC: "USC is close to home, my mom went to USC, they're all good people and they play the right way."

UCLA: "UCLA is also close to home, they have a great academic program, their coach is really good and they get a lot of guys to the NBA."

Over the next few months, Stanback is hoping to check out some of the schools involved to see how they fit into what he's looking for in a school.

"I'm going to try and take some unofficials this summer," he said. "I want to look into teams to see how I fit in and what kind of education I could get at the schools I'm talking to.

"Education is most important because if basketball doesn't work out I need something to fall back on. Distance doesn't matter as long as I get what I need."

Stanback shouldn't take too long before making a final decision.

"Hopefully I can commit before my senior season," he said.

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