Matt Stainbrook, C, Xavier
23 years old (born 3/5/92)
Stainbrook is an old-school, back-to-the-basket post player. He is possessed of an array of polished post moves that help him create the space he needs to get off a sometimes unorthodox set of finishes. Has a left hand hook, jumper, and scoop shot from either block. He can stick open jumpers from the high post if the defense sags off, but most of his work is done closer to the rim. What sets him apart on offense is his court vision; he is the kind of post that you can run an offense through without worrying that he's going to turn into a black hole. Distributes well from the high and low post; does an excellent job of looking high-opposite for shooters and finding cutters moving toward the other block. Depends on positioning and effort to get to the offensive glass. Good free throw shooter for a big man.
Communicates well on the back line and when occasionally called into action on the pick and roll. Difficult to move on the post even for similarly sized opponents, as Georgetown's Joshua Smith found out. Contests shots with good fundamentals and high hands; rarely leaves his feet to chase a block. Excellent area rebounder who uses what his mama gave him to carve out real estate under the bucket.
Stainbrook has a tendency to overthink his work on the post when he's struggling. His set of scoring moves to his right hand is limited to the point that opponents conceded it until he proved he could beat them with it. Prefers to see a double team come to open passing lanes; not as effective a passer when he's played man-up on the post. Athleticism is not a strong suit; he scores from primarily below the rim.
He's not going to block a lot of shots as a primary or help defender. An opponent that can pull him out from under the basket is going to have him out of his comfort zone; his lateral quickness on the perimeter is not what wins him rave reviews. He is not going to get a lot of rebounds out of his area. Anything that requires superlative athleticism is not Stainbrook's bag.
Where is he going?
There's not a mock draft in the reputable corner of the internet that has Stainbrook being taken in either round right now, but he will likely end up with a summer league invite. He worked out for both LA teams, Atlanta, Phoenix, Boston, Houston, Charlotte, and Golden State. He also got a chance to play in the Portsmouth Invitational, where he did very well. The Atlanta Hawks' final pick in the second round looks to me to be the only place he might land in the draft proper. Whatever happens, we'll keep you posted on it as it breaks.