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Gonzaga College (D.C.) junior small forward Myles Stute started things off at Slam Dunk to the Beach on a high note with an impressive scoring performance. He put his team in a good spot to come away with a 73-65 win over Albany Academy. Stute liked matching up with one of the top small forwards in the 2020 class in Andre Jackson.
“It was definitely fun guarding another high major player,” said Stute. “I had this one bookmarked to go at him and I knew some of the things he could do from looking at him on the EYBL circuit. I think we defended him ok and I thought we could have done a little better. We came out with the win and we had fun doing it.”
Stute likes playing on a team with as much depth and chemistry as Gonzaga has.
“It’s great because any night any of us can go off and have a double-digit performance,” he said. “I really feel that we can make each other better with how we look out for each other. We love each other and love playing the game together.”
Both area and out of area high major programs are showing him a lot of love so far.
“I’m talking to Clemson, Oklahoma State, Georgetown and more schools are involved,” Stute said. “It’s all starting to pick up so it’s going very well.”
Two schools have been recruiting him the hardest at this point. One is a high academic program and the other is a Big 12 school.
“Oklahoma State for sure because I text with David Kontaxis a lot,” he said. “I definitely feel the love over there and with UPenn as well.”
Oklahoma State has picked up one commitment in 2020 class thus far in Davonte Davis, which shows Stute they are headed in the right direction.
“There’s a lot to love about them and they are an underdog, but they are on the come up for sure,” said Stute. “They just picked up a commitment in my class with a kid from Arkansas. They are starting to pick up steam and I’m looking forward to continuing conversations with them.”
Stute thinks he brings versatility with his ability to play in and out. He feels the next step is being more aggressive.
“I feel like I’m very versatile and I know I can post as well as play the perimeter,” he said. “I’m really working on bringing that dog out and becoming a tenacious rebounder.”
Noah Hutchins, a class of 2019 PG from The Park School (NY), has picked up an offer from UC Riverside.