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Stritzel, Stem Poised to Join Knights for 2017-18

May 8, 2017 at 10:52 am
Carleton head coach Guy Kalland with Matt Stritzel during the 2016-17 season.
Carleton head coach Guy Kalland with Matt Stritzel during the 2016-17 season.

NORTHFIELD, Minn.— The Carleton College men’s basketball team will welcome two newcomers next season, as Matt Stritzel and David Stem have been admitted to the College and announced their intention to enroll and participate in men’s basketball this fall. 

A 6-foot-3-inch guard who attended Niles Notre Dame College Prep (Ill.), Stritzel was a three-year letter winner, two-time all-conference selection, and all-state honoree while helping guide the Dons to a 25-6 record and Class 4A Regional Championship during his senior season.  After averaging 19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, Stritzel earned numerous accolades during his senior campaign, including Illinois Prep Hoops Player of the Week honors, after scoring a career-high 41 points in a 79-62 win over Downers Grove South on January 16. During his three years as a member of the Don’s varsity team, Stritzel recorded a career record of 76-18 while playing for legendary Notre Dame coach Tom Les.

A 6-foot-5 forward from Palo Alto, Calif., Stem spent his senior year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. In 2016-17, Stem averaged 9.8 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 41 percent from three and 83 percent at the free-throw line. Stem served as a team captain last season under the guidance of Dan Barto.

Carleton is coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which the team finished the season 18-9 overall and 14-6 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Knights finished the season having won 14 out of their final 15 games and were ranked as high as No. 11 nationally. Carleton is scheduled to open the 2017-18 campaign on Nov. 22 on the road at Colorado College. The Knights will start MIAC play on Nov. 29 at home against Hamline University.