Feb. 8, 2007
With nearly identical scoring numbers as last year -- and academically as well -- Eastern Washington University standout basketball player Rodney Stuckey is well on his way to several repeat honors as the 2006-07 season nears its conclusion.
The first of those such honors came on Thursday (Feb. 8) when he was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team. The honor is chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Stuckey, a 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., is ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring with a current average of 24.2 points per game. An interdisciplinary studies major, Stuckey has a 3.34 grade point average through 10 quarters of work at EWU.
The only other Eastern men's basketball players honored in the past on the All-District VIII team were Jason Humbert in 2002 and Aaron Olson in 2001. Stuckey is now a candidate for Academic All-America honors, an honor won only by Dave Henley in 1981 (third team) and 1982 (second team) at the NCAA Division II level.
"We're extremely proud that Rodney has again been recognized in this fashion," said Eagle head coach Mike Burns. "His achievements in the classroom have mirrored his success on the floor. It's a great honor for him to be the first Eastern player to win this honor in consecutive years."
Last year, when he was honored for the first time, he was also seventh nationally in scoring with a 24.0 average. In addition, he also had a 3.34 grade point average through six terms.
Stuckey is a sophomore athletically at Eastern but a junior academically. He couldn't play or practice the entire 2004-05 season due to NCAA academic eligibility requirements when he didn't fulfill core curriculum requirements coming out of high school.
The other four players on the first team include Sean Mallon from Gonzaga, Mitch Henke from Santa Clara, and Coby Karl and Matt Nelson from Boise State. Interestingly, Stuckey has played against Mallon, Henke and Karl is his two-year career at Eastern, and Nelson was a sophomore at Eastern when Stuckey sat out in 2004-05.
Stuckey was the only repeat selection on the first team. Last season, the other four players were Stanford's Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld, Pacific's Christian Maraker and Kelly Golob from Big Sky Conference rival Northern Arizona.
Stuckey is coming off a 34-point performance in Eastern's 89-74 home victory over Big Sky Conference leader Weber State on Wednesday (Feb. 7). He also finished with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals as Eastern plays at home again Saturday (Feb. 10) versus Portland State in a key league game as far as EWU's postseason playoff hopes are concerned.
Stuckey made 10-of-19 shots from the floor and 12-of-14 free throws against Weber State as he recorded the 13th 30-point game of his career and equaled the 14th-most points in school history. His previous career high this season was 33 against Lewis-Clark State.
Stuckey also broke his own single season record for free throws made. Last year, Stuckey made 171-of-225 from the charity stripe for 76.0 percent, shattering the school record for makes (145) and attempts (190). This year he is 182-of-214 for 85.0 percent, and needs just 11 attempts to equal the attempts record as well.
He broke the school's career free throw record against Sacramento State on Jan. 25, en route to a 31-point effort. Stuckey made 15-of-16 free throws against the Hornets, missing his final attempt that would have equaled the Big Sky and EWU records for single game free throw percentage (16-of-16) set by Jason Lewis on Jan. 27, 2001, against Weber State. However, Stuckey broke EWU's career free throws made record, and now has 353 in his two-year career to break the school record of 317 set by Randy Buss from 1970-72. His 439 attempts are third, still 60 from EWU's record of 499.
Stuckey also had 31 points one game earlier against Northern Colorado on Jan. 20. That was his first 30-point performance in his last 12 games since finishing with 32 against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 3. He is now averaging 24.2 points in 55 career games -- 24.2 this season and 24.2 last season -- with a total of 1,331 points that moves him into seventh on EWU's all-time leaders list. He is just seven points from equaling the 1,338 Dick Koford had from 1957-60.
Here is a brief look at the career totals, rankings and other superlatives already achieved in just two seasons.
Career Games: 55
Points: 1,331 (7th in EWU history)
Scoring Average: 24.20 (4th in Big Sky history; 1st at EWU)
Assists Average: 4.71 (24th in BSC history; 4th at EWU)
Steals: 130 (4th in EWU history)
Steals Average: 2.36 (11th in BSC history; 2nd at EWU)
Free Throws Made: 353 (1st in EWU history)
Free Throws Attempted: 439 (3rd in EWU history)
Free Throw Percentage: .804 (5th in EWU history)|
Games 10+ Scoring: 54
Games 20+ Scoring: 38
Games 30+ Scoring: 13
Games 5+ Assists: 30
Games 4+ Steals: 14
EWU Leader in Scoring: 49 games
EWU Leader in Assists: 33 games
EWU Leader in Steals: 33 games
EWU Leader in Rebounds: 10 games
EWU Leader in Blocked Shots: 3 games
Single Game Scoring (rank in EWU history)
(School-record total of 13 30-point games. The previous record was six set by David Peed from 1988-90)
1. - 45 - Northern Arizona (1-5-06)
4. - 38 - Portland State (3-4-06)
7. - 36 - Montana (1-28-06)
14. - 34 - Weber State (2-7/07)
14. - 34 - Boise State (12-29-05)
21. - 33 - Lewis-Clark State (11-18-06)
25. - 32 - Cal State Northridge (12-3-06)
30. - 31 - Sacramento State (1-25-07)
30. - 31 - Northern Colorado (1-20-07)
30. - 31 - Washington (11-24-06)
30. - 31 - Portland State (1-14-06)
37. - 30 - Eastern Oregon (11-29-06)
37. - 30 - UC Riverside (12-10-05)