Stauffer commits to Kutztown

By on April 27, 2016
Ephrata junior Caroline Stauffer (22) will play her college basketball at Division Two Kutztown University

Ephrata junior Caroline Stauffer (22) will play her college basketball at Division Two Kutztown University

Caroline Stauffer has been going through the basketball recruiting process for nearly a year. But in the back of her mind she has kind of known for a while now where she wanted to be.

And this past Saturday, the 5-5 sharp-shooting junior guard from Ephrata decided to announce her intentions when she verbally committed to Division Two Kutztown University.

She said she talked to schools from all three levels during the process. But in the end, decided Kutztown was the best fit for a number of reasons.

“I was kind of all across the board,” she said of being recruited. “D-One, I had been in contact with Coastal Carolina, and then a few other D-3 schools. But Kutztown just really stood out to me and I’m really excited. Mainly I just loved the coaches. I just felt a real strong connection to them. And every time I went on campus I just felt really comfortable with the team and the school as well. It’s just a great fit for me.”

Stauffer said it wasn’t a priority to get her decision out of the way before her senior year, but she just knew what she wanted to do and did not want to drag it out.

“I explored all my options and I knew I felt the most comfortable with Kutztown, so I didn’t want to just keep waiting and leading them on,” she said. “They wanted me and I knew I wanted them so the earlier I told them the faster they could get on with their process.”

Kutztown will be getting a dynamic shooter in Stauffer, who averaged 13.0 points per game this past season in helping lead the Lady Mounts to a Section Two title. She is one of the top three-point shooters in District Three, nailing 42 treys this past season and 123 for her career thus far.

She enters her senior season with 910 career points, and will be poised to become just the eighth player in program history to reach 1,000 points.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I definitely think I can reach (1,000), and I definitely want to, but I’m not really focused on that. I’m just focused on finishing out my senior year, having a good year and having fun.”

After she completes her final year at Ephrata, Stauffer, who is leaning toward studying criminal justice in college, will be joining a program that is up and coming under head coach Janet Malouf, who is entering her 23rd year at Kutztown.

The Lady Bears were 10-16 a year ago competing in the PSAC, and hope to build upon that record with a couple good recruiting classes.

“Kutztown was strong this year, but I think they are going through a bit of a rebuilding process,” Stauffer said. “I know they are super excited to get a strong class out of my grade there. They are really looking to build it up.”

In making the transition to the college level, Stauffer said she’ll continue to work on her shooting but feels she needs to improve her strength and speed as well to ultimately succeed at that level.

She’s projected as a “two-guard” in college.

“Shooting obviously is a strength for me but I think just getting quicker and stronger is something I definitely need to work on,” she said. “I don’t really have the height but if I get quicker and stronger I think I’ll be able to compete better at that level.”



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