#86 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 185 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: BLAIR ACADEMY IN NEW JERSEY
CHOSE STANFORD OVER: GEORGETOWN, GEORGIA TECH, AMONG MANY OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Stanford finished 8-10 in the Pac-12 and 15-15 overall last season. New Head Coach Jerod Haase had to bring in an infusion of talent into the program. He got one player who has a very good chance for immediate playing time.
Kodye Pugh grew up in Maryland, however he went to high school at the prestigious Blair Academy in New Jersey. NBA veterans Luol Deng and Charlie Villanueva were high school teammate’s in the early 2000’s at the NJ boarding school. Pugh re-classified from the 2017 class to the 2016 class. Like most Stanford athletes, he is an excellent student as he had offers from Princeton, George Washington, and Northwestern.
Being from New Jersey, we have seen Pugh play numerous times. He is very long as he sports a 7-foot wingspan and a 35-inch vertical leap. When watching the 6’7″ small forward in person, he shows a really nice shooting touch. The lefty shooter has range out to the 3 point line and is very good in transition as he is graceful running up and down the court. Verified by his 35 inch vertical, he often plays above the rim. Stanford usually lacks athletes like Pugh and he will bring needed athleticism to the roster.
Because of his length and athletic ability, Pugh has a chance to become a really good defender. At the high school level, he has shown to be a defensive menace. He fills up the stat sheet with steals, blocks, and rebounds.
Pugh really needs to develop his body. Getting in the weight room is a necessity. He is very lean and we have concerns he might struggle with the physicality of the college game during his freshmen year. His ball-handling will need to continue to improve. He has such a sweet shooting stroke where if it doesn’t improve, opposing defenders will just play him tight.
It is our belief that after watching Kodye Pugh play numerous times in person, he is an unfinished product. The potential is there for him to become a very good college player. We can see him developing into a “3 and D” type since he can shoot it from long range and has all the attributes to become a defensive stopper. If he can improve his ball-handling and gain the necessary weight, he can become more than that, although being a “3 and D” player is not a negative in our opinion. It will take time for Pugh to reach his ceiling, however if Jerod Haase is patient, he will have a real nice player on his hands.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF KODYE PUGH
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