Face To Face With Logan Stutz

Logan Stutz is a 25 year old 205cm forward from Kanas City that recently finished his second season as a professional and first with the  ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA): 28 games: Score-1(20.1ppg), Reb-5(8.1rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 74.0%.    He moves his basketball talent this season to LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan). He started his basketball career at Washburn (NCAA2). Last season he was a rookie and played for  BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 11 games: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 68.1%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 76.8%, left in Dec.’11, in Jan.’12 moved to WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga): 16 games: 4.2ppg, 2.3rpg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball during the last season when he was with Essen.

Before the season many said that the ETB Wohnbau Baskets could make some noise. Why has the season turned out differently?

It has been a tough season. We won some close games, but also lost some close games. We have had ups and downs like many teams do, but more downs. It has been frustrating not being more consistent.

The team gave up many points often. Why did the team have difficulty defending?

There had been a new defensive scheme this season and had been new too many on the team. Learning it took a lot of work. It is hard to leatn it in just one season. I believe that if we were together longer as a unit then we would learned it better.

How difficult is it for you a player who has great stats not be labeled as a player that doesn´t just play for stats for a bad team?

It is tough and people have their opinions. I always play hard and I have been fortunate to be shooting at a high percentage this season. I always try to take good shots and not force anything. I also try to get the ball to my teammates. I will always take a team win over a loss and good stats.

Was the win against Duesseldorf the biggest team win this season?

It was our biggest win. It was a derby win which is always nice and many guys got involved and many fans came to the game.

How happy are you too have a guy like Joe Hendly helping you on the boards?

He is a very active player that always works hard. Every team needs a guy like him. He does the dirty work and will always dive on the floor for a ball.

If you have Fabian Franke and Marco Buljevic parked in the corner, who would hit more shots out of 10?

Marco hits unbelievably in practice. I bet he could make 90 out of 100. He faces very tough defenses in games. Fabian has hit big shots this season and if I had a choice I would chose to put the ball in the hands of Fabian.

How difficult was it getting used to the European style of basketball?

I have gotten used to the PRO A now. The hardest rule has been the traveling rule, but my experiences in Germany and Austria have made me a better player.

Would double double stats be your ticket to the Beko BBL?

I think it would help my chances. I could rebound better. I need to improve in that area and gain some weight. I think though I could help a Beko BBL team now with my energy and being active.

What memory do you have from your 44 points 17 rebound explosion against Leipzig?

That was a fun game and it is hard to explain what happened in that game. I had that feeling that each ball would go in. I hit three pointers, difficult shots and got offensive rebounds. I just felt like I couldn´t be stopped in this game.

A hidden strength in your game is your outside shooting. Do you have a shooter as a role model?

I don´t have on a particular shooter as a role model. If I had to choose one player then it would be Dirk Nowitzki. It is always fun to watch a big man that can shoot.

Who would win a wrestling match you or Joe Buck?

He would probably break me in half. He is a very aggressive player.

You grew up in Kansas City. How tough was it growing up in a city without an NBA team?

It was tough and to this day I have still not been to an NBA game. However there is a lot of good college basketball in the mid west. I went to many games growing up.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

I didn´t really have any until recently. I really like Chris the bird man Anderson form the Miami Heat. I love his energy and how he rebounds and blocks shots. He helps his team so much and I try to bring energy like he does to his team.

Was a reason you went to Washburn(NCAA2) because it was so close to home?

Yes I had a close knit family and it was important being close to home. Washburn was only one hour away. I did have some offers from other schools, but Washburn was a good fit.

How did Washburn head coach Bob Chippman get you prepared for a professional basketball career?

He helped me much in my senior year. He gave me more responsibility and let me be a leader. This helped me mature which is always important when you come overseas.

Who was the toughest player that you played against at Washburn that might be in the NBA now?

Thomas Robinson from K.U who is playing with Houston Rockets now.

What was your wake up call as a rookie?

I had two wake up calls. The first one was in my first game with Leitershofen. We lost badly at home and I released that I had to get good fast or I might not be around any longer and my second wake up call was when I got hurt and got cut. I realized then that basketball is a business and teams are only looking out what is best for them.

Quentin Pryor dunked over you in Austria. Were you able to get revenge over him?

We always went hard in practice, but I didn´t get revenge on him. He got the last laugh.

How did you help young German Lukas Kloss better in practice?

I tried to show him that you always have to work hard in practice. He has talent and needs to pay attention and just be focused more.

Who wins a one on one in one in practice, you or brother Garett Stutz?

We don´t go too hard. If we took it seriously then it would get ugly. I win some and he wins some.

You like to visit cultures in Europe. What places do you still want to visit?

In Germany I want to go to Berlin and in Europe to Rome.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?

I usually try to end practice by making 10 in a row. Sometimes when I am on a roll I make 20-30 in a row.

What was your most crazy shot in your career?

I hit a game winner in Heidelberg. I didn´t notice until later that there were only two seconds on the clock.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

How to train your pet dragon.

Thanks Logan for the chat.

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