Power Forward Stimage Ready for a Run of Good Luck
Sept. 15, 2015
CHICAGO – You couldn’t blame DePaul forward Rashaun Stimage if he walked around the Lincoln Park campus with a rabbit’s foot or some other good-luck talisman in his pocket.
He was named an ESPNChicago.com All-Area selection and also earned All-State and All-City honors. He was ranked among the state's top players after averaging 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks during his senior season.
“I was pretty much a pure post player who had to learn the rest of the game,” Stimage said. “Wolf brought me to Farragut and took the time to teach me an all-around game.
“After our practices at school, Wolf took me to different parks to play five-on-five full court. That’s where I learned how to dribble and shoot, handle the ball and pass.
“I wanted to get better. After Farragut practices, I’d go home and eat. Wolf would come get me and we’d go right to the courts. I’d stay as long as the top guys played or if I got too tired. Wolf did a lot to help me with my future.”
Here’s hoping Rashaun’s immediate future is injury-free.
“I’m not fully back to where I was before the foot injury,” Stimage said. “I am starting to rebound and score a little bit. I’m definitely not at my full potential and still behind the other guys on our team.
“Coach Leitao’s emphasis on defense and rebounding---I love it. He’s a great coach and person. On our trip to France last month, he preached defense and coming together. That trip was good for me and all the players on the team. It will make us better.”
The Blue Demons went 3-1 on the tour and Stimage had 12 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist in just 16 minutes of a 92-51 triumph over the Pro France AMW All-Stars. He finished with nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 24 minutes during a 93-63 victory over SAP Vaucluse.
“The France trip was great,” Stimage said. “I really enjoyed touring and seeing another part of the world. We saw the Eiffel Tower and were able to explore Paris a little on our own.
“We also visited Monaco---what a beautiful place. I liked our visit to Mont St. Michel. We went to a restaurant and I had some French onion soup. It was the first time I had ever tried it, and it was really good.
“I enjoyed walking by the places where St. Vincent de Paul lived. We went down one of the streets where he spent his last day. We saw where his ideas came from about helping people.”
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