2013 Summer Jam Fest: Team Frenji’s Staubi out to prove himself

SONY DSCLong time scout Tom Konchalski always says, “A 6’8 player has to prove he can’t play, but a 5’8 player has to prove he can.”

When walking around the gym during the 2013 Summer Jam Fest, its easy to be drawn to player because of their appearance with so many games going on at one time. But if you take the time to truly absorb the game, there are always players that are surprisingly better than they look.

For the generously listed 5’9 PG Matt Staubi, that rings especially true. The class of 2014 point guard from New York (Team Frenji) is used to being disrespected by onlookers and the opposition.

“A lot of them, they look at me and instantly think I’m weak and probably slow so they try to pick me up fullcourt. And really, I take that as a challenge. I like it. I try to get in their heads a little bit and show what I can do.”, Staubi explained. “I almost kind of laugh at it, you know, ‘go ahead and disrespect me and hopefully I’ll destroy you’.”

Staubi believes that if he is able to show what he can do, he will turn a lot of heads.

“It’s one of those things where if I can beat them, it shows more than if another 6-foot-2 point guard played better. I have to do a lot of different things; outwork, outsmart, outhustle everyone because I’m smaller. If I can dominate a bigger point guard, that shows more than if two-size guards go at it.”

So far, Staubi has been able to turn the heads of a bunch of head coaches – and has secured an offer from Fairfield. Staubi says that he has also been hearing from a lot of Ivy League schools along with Delaware and Binghamton.

He is a tremendous passer and is able to see plays before they happen. The progress of his jumpshot over the past two years has helped put him in the position he is in today.

Staubi is actually hoping to become the second person in his immediate family to play Division One basketball. His dad, who doubles as his coach, played basketball at Lafayette and got him into the game of basketball early. They share the love for the game and his dad has had a big influence on his success.

“Living with him, it’s up and down. A lot of good things and bad things come out of it. He can get a little frustrated at me, push me a little extra, but in the end I think it’s a positive. Having him at home, I can go right downstairs and ask him what workouts I should do, what I should eat, and ask him different strategy points. It really helps me be the coach on the floor.” –@Josh_Stirn

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