3 - Rodney Stuckey
|High School:||Kentwood HS '04|
2006-07: Stuckey enters his sophomore season having never scored less than 14 points in 30 career games. He enters the season with a string of 27-straight games in which he has been Eastern's leading scorer. 2005-06: Playing for a team with just one senior, Stuckey burst onto the scene with one of the best seasons by a freshman in NCAA Division I history. Among his many awards was being honored as Collegeinsider.com Freshman of the Year after a record-breaking season unmatched in the history of Eastern Washington and by any freshman in the 43-year history of the Big Sky Conference. He set seven school records, including a 24.2 scoring average per game that is a Big Sky record for a freshman and the seventh-best overall in the history of the league. His average ranked eighth in NCAA Division I and was tops among freshmen or sophomores. His 726 total points is fifth-best in league history, the most in the conference in nearly 30 years (since 1978-79) and the most-ever by a freshman in the BSC. Stuckey became just the 36th player in NCAA Division I to lead his conference in scoring as a freshman. He won league MVP and Freshman of the Year honors, and in the process, became the first player in Big Sky history and the 12th in Division I history to earn league MVP honors as a freshman. Eastern has now won three of the last five Freshman of the Year honors in the Big Sky (Marc Axton in 2002 and Matt Nelson in 2004). His many accolades also included Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors as he was Eastern's second-ever selection to that elite squad. Alvin Snow earned honorable mention in the 2003-2004 season after winning Big Sky Conference MVP honors as a senior in leading Eastern to the NCAA Tournament. Stuckey's other honors included mid-major All-America by Collegeinsider.com; freshman All-America second team by Rivals.com; National Freshman of the Week accolades by CBSsportsline.com and Rivals.com; Big Sky Conference All-Tournament; and four Big Sky Conference Player of the Week awards. He was also Eastern's first-ever member of the NABC All-District 13 squad, and was honored on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII squad for accumulating a 3.34 grade point average through five quarters of academic work at EWU. He was also selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He won Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors four times in the first 12 occasions the award was given out as he led the Eagles in scoring for the final 27 games of the season. That streak started in Eastern's fourth game of the season against Southern Illinois (11/26/05). He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game, and his lowest scoring output of the season came in the team's season-opener against Pacific Lutheran (11/19/05) and against Montana (2/23/06) when he had 14. With a 26.3 average during league play, he scored 20 or more points in 12 of 14 Big Sky games and 20 of 30 games overall. He scored at least 30 points in six games. Stuckey's 24.2 average broke EWU's single season record of 20.9 set by David Peed in 1989. His 726 points shattered the single season record of 626 set by Peed in 30 games in 1989. His point total is fifth in Big Sky Conference history -- the most in nearly 30 years (1978-79) -- and his average is the seventh-best. Stuckey's scoring average also broke EWU's freshman record of 13.3 points per game set by Eastern Hall-of-Fame member Ron Cox in the 1973-74 season. Stuckey was 171-of-225 from the free throw line and broke EWU's free throw records of 145 made (Matt Piper, 1983) and 190 attempted (Dick Koford, 1960). In his final game of the season, he set season records for field goals made (250; the previous record was 246 set by Peed in 1989) and field goals attempted (510; the record was 500 set by Peed in 1989). With performances of 45, 38, 36, 34 and 31, Stuckey had five of the top six scoring performances in the Big Sky in the 2005-06 season. The first taste of the Big Sky Conference for Stuckey yielded a school-record 45 points in Eastern's loss at Northern Arizona (1/5/06). Stuckey made a basket in the final seconds that broke Eastern's school record of 44 set by David Peed on Dec. 13, 1988, in a 112-101 loss versus UC-Irvine. It was also a record for a freshman in the 43-year history of the Big Sky and equaled the 12th-best overall in league history. It was the most since Idaho's Orlando Lightfoot scored 50 against Gonzaga in 1993. Stuckey's total against NAU was the best single-game mark in the nation for nearly a month. Versus NAU, Stuckey scored 23 of his points in the final 8:05. He made 15-of-21 shots overall, 5-of-8 three-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws. He added five steals, three assists and three rebounds, with just two turnovers in 32 minutes. His first taste of the Big Sky Conference Tournament against Portland State (3/4/06) yielded a 38-point effort that ranked as the second-best performance in tournament history. He added 26 in a semifinal loss to Montana (3/7/06) to earn Big Sky All-Tournament honors. He missed a shot at the end of regulation that could have won the game as EWU rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half. Montana would go on and win the tournament, as well as a first round game in the NCAA Tournament. He was also 49th nationally in steals (2.2 per game), and had seven against Cal Poly (12/23/05) that equals the sixth-best performance in school history (just two from the school record) and was the best in the Big Sky. He also had 10 assists versus Pacific Lutheran (11/19/05) that equals the 14th-best performance in school history and at the time was a Big Sky high (finished fifth). In addition, his 10 turnovers at Boise State (12/29/05) equaled the school record and were a league high. 2004-05: Attended EWU, but could not participate in the 2004-05 academic year due to NCAA academic eligibility requirements. High School: Graduated from Kentwood High School in 2004. Stuckey earned first team All-State honors from the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune and Associated Press after leading Kentwood to the State 4A title in 2004. He had 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists as the Conquerors beat South Kitsap and his future EWU teammate Jake Beitinger 65-56 in the title game. Stuckey was named the tournament's MVP as he joined Beitinger on the all-tournament team. In four tournament games, he had 95 points on 50 percent shooting from the field, 36 rebounds, 16 assists and 13 steals. He made a 25-foot turnaround jumper with 10 seconds left to send Kentwood's quarterfinal game against Mount Tahoma into overtime. Kentwood finished 26-2 his senior season as Stuckey was also the co-MVP of the South Puget Sound League North Division and was named to the Seattle Times Star Times All-Area team. In addition, he earned first team All-SPSL North Division honors for the third-straight year as he led Kentwood to a collective 71-12 record (76 percent) with no home losses. He averaged 26.3 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists as a senior. He scored at least 20 points in all but three games, and had at least 30 in eight with a high of 36 on two occasions. In summer 2004, he scored 18 points in a losing effort in the 4A All-State Game in Spokane. In April 2004, he scored eight points to help lead Washington to a 92-79 victory over Oregon in the Les Schwab Northwest Shootout in Portland, Ore. Entering his senior season, Stuckey was ranked as one the top seven recruits in the state of Washington by two recruiting services, including one that rated him third in Washington and 132nd in the nation. Stuckey was a first team All-State and All-State Tournament selection in 2003 by Associated Press. In leading Kentwood to a 26-3 record, Stuckey averaged 19.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a junior. The Conquerers won the South Puget Sound League North Division title and finished third in the State 4A Tournament after losing to eventual champion Franklin and future Eagle teammate Kellen Williams. Stuckey was a first team all-tournament pick after averaging 21.3 points in four tourney games. He was also MVP of the district tournament, scoring 38 points in an 82-43 win over Olympia that clinched a state tournament berth. Kentwood was 19-7 his sophomore season and came one victory from a state tourney berth. Personal: Born April 21, 1986. Interdisciplinary studies/criminal justice major. Son of Faye Stuckey and Diane and Brent McElhinney. Has two sisters and four brothers, including his former Kentwood teammate Laron Stuckey (22) who played part of the 2005-06 season for Big Bend Community College. Nickname is "Hot Rod."