High School Basketball

Clark's Stenzel commits to Eastern Kentucky

Robbie Stenzel, a 6-foot-4 guard, will give the Colonels a scoring threat from beyond the three-point line.
Robbie Stenzel, a 6-foot-4 guard, will give the Colonels a scoring threat from beyond the three-point line.

Clark County basketball standout Robbie Stenzel, a Herald-Leader second-team all-state pick last season, made an oral commitment Tuesday to play for Eastern Kentucky University.

Stenzel said "a real, real good talk" with Everick Sullivan, associate head coach on Jeff Neubauer's EKU staff, swayed him during a recent campus visit.

"He just really put it in my mind that Eastern's the place I need to be. It's the perfect program for me," Stenzel said. "The style of play that they have. The campus is real nice. The coaches are awesome. And it's not real far from home, so my parents (Jay and Ann) can be at every single game if they want to."

A 6-foot-4 senior, Stenzel has been a Clark County starter since his eighth-grade year. As a freshman, he helped the Cards to the 10th Region title and a Sweet Sixteen berth.

"I think it's a perfect fit," Clark County Coach Scott Humphrey said of Stenzel's college pick. "The style of play that Eastern plays really goes hand-in-hand with Robbie. He felt really comfortable with Coach Neubauer and his staff."

As a junior last season, Stenzel averaged 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Humphrey used him as a point guard and a shooting guard. Stenzel thinks he could play the 2 or 3 spot at Eastern.

"He's so efficient on the offensive end," Humphrey said.

In four seasons as a starter, Stenzel has shot more than 40 percent from the three-point line in each season, better than 50 percent from the field and better than 75 percent at the free-throw line.

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