Logan Stutz is a 26 year old 205cm forward from Kanas City that will be starting his fourth professional season and second in Germany with Bike-Cafe Messingschlager Baunach (Germany-ProA).Last season he played for LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan): 17 games: 13.9ppg; Balkan League: 13 games: 9.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2FGP: 56.4%, 3FGP: 43.8%, FT: 63.0%, in Dec.’13 moved to Balkan Botevgrad (Bulgaria-NBL): 18 games: 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.8%, 5.2rpg, Blocks-2(1.8bpg), FGP: 63.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 71.9%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 started his basketball career at Washburn (NCAA2). In 2011-2012, 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.
Logan thanks for talking to German Hoops again. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I am now in Germany! I have been here a week and happy to be here. Its has been a great summer. I did some traveling with my wife, saw a lot of family, and my wife and I will be expecting our first child in the spring. So all in all a great summer.
The last time we spoke, you were in Sweden before going to Bulgaria. Please describe your experience last season playing in Sweden and then going to Bulgaria? I guess it was an important learning experience for you?
Sweden is a beautiful country, and I enjoyed the people I met there. Sweden is a fast paced league with some good talet. One thing I will always remember about Sweden is how quickly it got cold and dark. When I moved to Bulgaria I really enjoyed the sunlight lol. Bulgaria is a league with some very good teams and strong physical players. I really like having the opportunity to play in two different leagues while in Bulgaria.
After a superb second professional season with ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA): 28 games: Score-1(20.1ppg), Reb-5(8.1rpg), 1.2apg, FGP: 64.0%,you went to Sweden early in the transfer process. When looking back do you believe you signed to early even if the offer was to good to pass up?
Its really hard to predict the off season market so when Sweden came with high interest and a serious offer, it made sense to take it. They met all my needs and thats all a player can ask for. I choose not to look back and say “what if” instead I focus on the future and what I can control.
Now you are back in Germany and will play for New Pro A team Baunach. What were the main reasons for coming back to Germany?
I really love Germany. I like it here, my wife likes it here. It is a great stable country to live and play basketball in. We are very excited to be a part of all the basketball tradition around Bamberg, and to be involved with the organizations here.
How excited are you to be able to practice with Beko BBL powerhouse Bamberg? Could this be your biggest highlight in your professional basketball career? Just having the chance to show your talent against the best should make you feel very content.
It is a great opportunity and experience to practice with some of the best coaches and players in Europe. Its very humbling. I have much to learn from all of them. Every day so far, I have been pushed and challenged to get better and learn more about the game. What else could a player ask for
You will be joining a very young team with Baunach. Are you already prepared to be a leader as you will be a player with the most experience?
Yes, this is a very young team if you look at their age but many of them have much experience playing basketball. They are all motivated and hard workers. I am prepared to lead as well as learn from them too.
The Pro A is getting more and more competitive each season and it should be the same this season. You will have to score much and rebound like you did in Essen, but possibly even more. Knowing that you have to be consistent always put even more pressure on you than in past experiences with teams?
The only pressure I feel is to win games, and we all know just one player can’t do that. It is a team thing. Although my scoring has shined in the Pro A in the past, my main focus will be on making the team better anyway I can with the ultimate goal in mind of winning each game.
After playing in Sweden and Bulgaria last season, where have you improved your game most since your last game in Germany with Essen?
I keep on working on my 3 point shot and my outside game. The more options you have as a player the deadlier you can be.
How does a typical summer workout day look like for Logan Stutz in 2014?
This summer was the craziest summer I have had in my career. I was only home for a few weeks after all my travels, but usually looks like pick up games in the morning then weights after that with a personal trainer. Then in the evening getting shots up or running outside.
With Lebron heading back to the Cavs and so many young players aboard, where do you see the journey for them ending this season in the NBA?
I see them at least making the finals and most likely bringing home the ring as long as they are healthy.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Logan for the chat.