Matz Stockman, a 7-foot-2 center from Norway was basically an unknown prospect when signed with Rick Pitino’s 2014 class a couple of weeks ago. Stockman currently plays for the Canaris Basketball Academy. Just a week after signing with Louisville Canaris traveled to the states for a tournament in the Northeast.
Coach Pitino and assistant Mike Balado traveled to see Stockman in action while they were in Connecticut for the Hall-of-Fame Tipoff Classic. National recruiting analysts also came to see Stockman for the first time. ESPN was on hand to see multiple Canaris’ games and rank Stockman has a four star prospect. Below is their evaluation.
He’s a huge human being and his size alone is going to change games inside the paint. He’s a well schooled back to the basket presence, who knows how to seal, post, and play high-low angles. He has dexterity around the rim, is already accustomed to playing against size on a daily basis, and has various turns and spins in his low post repertoire along with a soft touch. He sets a nice wide base on his screens and also changes ends relatively well for a guy his size.
Some will say he needs to get tougher, but the reality is that he has a good frame and isn’t necessarily averse to contact as much as he is in need of adjusting to the speed and physicality of the American game. His sheer size gives him a particularly high center of gravity, which is a liability when attempting to establish position. He isn’t much of a shot-blocking threat on the defensive end and won’t pursue rebounds out of his area at this point.
He might not be ready to make an immediate contribution right away as a freshman, but he has undeniable tools and talents that are bound to blossom under Rick Pitino’s tutelage and ultimately make him a game changing asset down the road because of his size and interior skill set.
Without actually seeing Stockman play, it’s tough for me to give much of an opinion, but his size alone makes him one of the more intriguing prospects to ever sign with Rick Pitino. Below are some highlights from his recent trip to the United States.