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02-24-2007, 12:22 PM
I'd argue that a lot of what's said here about Rodney Stuckey could be said for Pargo. Not sure Jeremy's as quick or as natural a scorer, but he has that strength, fearlessness and athleticism that sets certain guards apart from others, and he's shooting the three much better. If he refines his PG skills and the mid-range jumper, he'll be deadly.


The second coming
Stuckey compared to Wade, hopes for similar success

There is a name that surfaces each time Rodney Stuckey is discussed. It's always qualified with a "when he was in college, not now ..." stipulation, but any time you can have your name linked with Dwyane Wade's, well, you're doing something right.

"He's my favorite player," Stuckey says.

The Eastern Washington guard may join Wade in the NBA soon enough. Stuckey is close to completing his second collegiate season, and there are indications it will be his last. When you average more than 24 points a game in consecutive seasons, moving on to the next level is only natural.

"I'll probably declare for the [NBA] Draft and not sign with an agent to see how things fall," Stuckey says. "That's the best way to do it."

Things may fall very well for the Seattle native. An NBA source has said Stuckey's game is ready for the next level.

"He reminds us of Dwyane Wade when he was at Marquette," the source said. "A big guard, kind of a combo. Wade handled the ball really well, as does Stuckey. He is an unbelievable passer. He has a great basketball IQ. He's very strong, physical, athletic. He's not a great shooter, but he's a great scorer. Wade is still like that, and more so in college."

Stuckey ended up at Eastern Washington because he was a non-qualifier coming out of Kentwood High. Pac-10 schools were interested, but the league does not allow non-qualifiers. So, Stuckey stayed in-state to play for the Eagles.

"In high school, I wasn't focused on the school part," Stuckey said. "It was just me having fun and hanging out with my friends. That kind of stuff got me off track."

That's changed at Eastern Washington, where Stuckey has flourished in the classroom, earning a 3.34 GPA in his three years on campus with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and Criminal Justice.

"He's done a phenomenal job in the classroom," coach Mike Burns said. "We're proud of his on-the-court accomplishments, but we're even more proud of his high GPA and how he's done academically."

After sitting out his first year to get his grades in order, Stuckey has dominated the Big Sky conference for two years. He averaged 24.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists and was named Big Sky Player of the Year as a freshman, and has followed that up with 24.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season en route to what undoubtedly will be another Big Sky Player of the Year award.

"He's done a better job of handling the ball. His assist-to-turnover ratio is better," Burns says of his star's improvement. "The numbers he has in conference play -- 87 assists and 52 turnovers -- are pretty good considering all the attention he gets from the opposing defenses."

One thing Stuckey has not done well is shoot the three-pointer. He has played mostly point guard at Eastern Washington, and has not been able to extend his range much beyond 15-feet, shooting just 27 percent from long range this season.

"The concern with Wade coming out of college was how well he would shoot from the perimeter," says the NBA source. "I would say that is Stuckey's biggest drawback right now. He is an 85 percent free throw shooter. The contention is, at some point, if he works at it, he'll be a better than average shooter."

Stuckey says he had no plans of entering the NBA Draft after his first season, but things are beginning to change after his second year.

"I've been getting a lot of looks [from NBA scouts]," he says. "That's always good."

Despite Stuckey's success, the Eagles have struggled in the win-loss column. At 7-8 in the Big Sky (14-14 overall), they're in danger of missing the six-team conference tournament. Following Thursday's 82-79 win over Idaho State, in which Stuckey had 23 points and 10 assists, including the game-winning dime on a Marcus Hinton three with two seconds left, the Eagles were still stuck in seventh place and needing some help to climb into sixth with just one game to play.

Should EWU play its way in, Burns believes the team could ride Stuckey through the weekend.

"We have the one wild card that nobody else possesses," Burns says. "We have a guy that can go get you 30, 35 points with seven or eight assists and seven or eight rebounds. I don't know of anybody else in the league who possess that weapon. It is definitely an X-factor if we get that opportunity."

Once the season ends, Stuckey says he will sit down with his family and coach to plan the next phase of his basketball career.

"We'll try to make the best decision for him and his future," Burns says. "If that opportunity is there, it is something he's going to have to pursue and we are very much aware of that."

02-24-2007, 04:36 PM
Bardo came up with the best player comparison I can think for Pargo during today's TV broadcast...former Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson. Very, very similar games. Right on the money. Not that Jeremy is as good, but that's the best comparison I've heard........

02-24-2007, 04:44 PM
Rumeal was a great leaper off two feet. He would posterize guys a foot taller. Saw Pargo in a dunk contest last spring. My jaw just dropped.