The word “fit” can sometimes be thrown around loosely when a prep player commits to a college basketball program.
However, that’s simply what Plainfield North’s Trevor Stumpe found at Wofford, a strong academic school that so happens to be a hot basketball program fresh off a NCAA Tournament bid.
The 6-4 shooting guard committed to Wofford and head coach Mike Young early Saturday morning, just prior to leaving campus while on his official visit.
“I went there and instantly loved it,” says Stumpe. “We drove around the campus, and it’s just beautiful. Wofford had that combination of great academics and great basketball.”
In addition to Wofford’s reputation as a strong academic school, Stumpe fits Young’s style and what Wofford does from a system standpoint at both ends of the floor.
“I played with their guys and could tell they have something special going there, and I wanted to be a part of it,” says Stumpe, who played on the club circuit with the Illinois Wolves. “They are losing a couple of 2-guards to graduation and will need some scoring at the guard position. It’s very guard-oriented, running guys off screens, getting open shots. It’s going to be a perfect fit for me.”
The all-time leading scorer in Plainfield North history with nearly 1,200 points, Stumpe put up 24 points and 6 rebounds a game this past season as a junior. In a regional final win over Neuqua Valley, Stumpe scored 14 points in the final quarter to lead the Tigers to an upset win in comeback fashion.
Stumpe is extremely skilled with both hands as he handles and passes it well as a 2-guard with size. He’s extremely efficient offensively, shoots it well from the perimeter and has proven he’s capable of shooting both off the dribble and in catch-and-release situations.
Wofford, which is located in South Carolina and also reached the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and 2011, plays in the Southern Conference and regularly faces a rugged non-conference schedule. Last season the Terriers faced Minnesota, Clemson, Georgetown, Air Force, Xavier and VCU. This year the schedule includes trips to Stanford, North Carolina State, West Virginia and Duke.
“They play a high level of basketball and at a great school academically,” says Trumpe, who’s also excited about living in a different part of the country. “It’s [committing] is a weight off my shoulders. Now I can focus on getting better and having a great senior year.”
Young, associate head coach Dustin Kerns and Wofford have targeted Illinois and done well, with former Glenbard East star Lee Skinner a centerpiece for a team that reached the NCAA Tournament a year go and returns virtually its entire team this season. In addition, former Mundelein star Ryan Sawvell transferred to Wofford from Evansville.
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