Robbie Stenzel is one of the best returning players in the state of Kentucky's 2011 high school class. Stenzel decided to keep his talents in-state early Tuesday when he verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky University. ScoutKentuckyPreps.com caught up with the talented prospect shortly thereafter and he had glowing things to say about joining the Colonels next year.
"I love a lot of things about EKU," Stenzel said. "I love the EKU coaching staff. I've built a great relationship with them over the past few years and overall I think EKU is a great school."
Stenzel, who averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists as a junior, feels he can make his presence felt on the hardwood in the Ohio Valley Conference.
"Their style of play fits me perfectly and I think I can be succesful as a player there," said Stenzel.
Success is definitely something that Stenzel has gotten used to. Prior to the start of his upcoming senior year, the talented guard has already excelled as a four year starter for his high school team. The senior swingman is hoping to keep that success coming at the next level.
"I see myself just playing my game and hopefully making a big impact for the team, and winning a lot," Stenzel said.
The 6-foot-4 shooter considered offers from UTEP, Samford, and Gardner Webb among others before committing to EKU coach Jeff Neubauer. While the coaching staff and style of play had a hand in his decision, one of the most important factors for Stenzel was staying close to home. With Richmond a mere half an hour from his current city of Winchester, the Colonels are a perfect match.
"My family can see me play often which means a lot to me," said Stenzel.
Stenzel's commitment marks the second of Eastern Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class. 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward Eric Stutz, of Newburgh, Indiana, gave EKU their first verbal commitment last week.