Only eight more of these to go... only eight more of these to go...
For a minute there, it looked like Vanderbilt had something with Myles Stute, Jerry Stackhouse’s first signee in the 2020 recruiting class. Stute didn’t come in with a ton of fanfare, ranked #237 in the 247 Sports composite, but after a four-game absence in December, he dropped 16 points in 19 minutes against Alcorn State — which, Alcorn State, but he followed that up by scoring 11 points against Florida and 16 at Kentucky. And we were all thinking, heeeeeeey, there might be something here.
And then Stute basically disappeared for the rest of the season. He started one more game, a 91-72 loss to Arkansas, and Jerry Stackhouse had this to say about his performance in that game:
“Yeah, I just think it’s a focus thing. You hate to point to one thing, one guy, but it’s just — today, it was literally Myles Stute. I couldn’t even keep him in the game.
Well, all right then. That was part of a six-game stretch in which Stute went 0-for-12 from three and scored a total of 11 points, and his playing time diminished after that point. Still, if you took the brief flash in late December and early January, you could see some sort of upside here, as a 6’7” guy who can play both forward spots and stretch defenses. It just wasn’t there consistently in 2020-21, or at all for much of the season.
Anyway, Stute didn’t join the rush to the transfer portal after the season, which suggests that Stackhouse probably sees a bigger role for him next year. This will be a pretty significant test of Stackhouse’s ability to develop players.