2008 Intro: PF/C Case Stigelbauer

SCPrepNation.com catches up with another class of 2008 standout in Dreher High School's Case Stigelbauer. A versatile PF/C prospect, Stigelbauer breaks it all down for us: recruiting, his own game, and what factors will help him make his college decision. Come inside and check out this free premium article of one of the state's top 2008 prospects.

Dreher High School has always seemed to have a strong basketball program and this year is no different. Currently with a 15-5 record it appears they are marching towards another playoff run. Always a pretty balanced team, Dreher, doesn't really have a superstar on their team but one player has already started to hear from college coaches.

Case Stigelbauer an outstanding junior prospect is already commanding attention from various regional colleges due to his size and overall ability on the court. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Stigelbauer to see just how things were going for the class of 2008 big man so far.

Stigelbauer is a 6'8 195 pound power forward/center for Dreher and so far this season he's been the mark of consistency when it comes to his play on the court this year. "I honestly don't know my exact averages are this year because we have a bunch of good players on my team. It's tough for one guy to just take over. Our coach doesn't really like to tell us our stats because we're all capable of playing really good. I think it's in the 13 to 15 points per game range and around 13 to 17 rebounds per game though. I average a double-double. My best game offensively so far though was against Chester High when I scored 27 points."

"Right now we're 15-5 overall and 6-4 in the region. We had just one loss heading into region play but we've slowed down a lot since then. It'll get better hopefully."

College coaches have been busy checking in on Case and the junior standout broke his own game down for us, "My strengths on the court would definitely be my rebounding on both ends. My defense has improved a lot this year too. My assists are also up. Another thing that I do well is use both hands. Sometimes I question what hand I am because I can use them both pretty well." The 6'8 big man also mentioned some areas of his game that he would like to improve upon as well. "I definitely need to work on gaining some weight to be a bigger body in the post. I need to get stronger. I also need to work on my free throws. I watch Greg Oden a lot and from watching him I would really like to step up my jump hook because it's such an unstoppable shot."

A high school kid mentioning a jump hook in this day and age? It gets better from Stigelbauer when we asked him about what players he enjoyed watching and trying to pattern his game after. "I watch Greg Oden and Tyler Hansbrough a lot. To me they are the most solid post players out there. They have the presence on the defensive end but at the same time the team doesn't have to focus the offense around them and they can still go out and get 20+ points per game."

With the rest of this his junior season and his senior season awaiting him next year Stigelbauer already knows what factors will play a big role in decision when it comes time to choose a college. "Education first, a winning tradition, and a good chemistry with the coaches/players."

With that being said a host of schools have already made their desire to have Stigelbauer within their programs known. "I'm hearing from Furman, Elon, Wofford, Western Carolina, Wofford, ETSU, just about the entire Southern Conference. Georgia, VCU, American, and a few others too."

The 2008 standout says Furman and the rest of the Southern Conference schools are currently recruiting him the hardest right now but that he's wide open with no leader currently. As of right now he has no offers but that all could change pretty soon as college staffs start to fine tune their needs and wants for next year's recruiting class.

Up Close & Personal With...Case Stigelbauer
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SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on Case Stigelbauer as the season winds down and he continues his work this offseason on the AAU circuit.


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