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Logan Stutz named NBL of Canada 2015-2016 Most Valuable Player
Written by: Zach Dadson
Logan Stutz has been named the 2015-2016 National Basketball League of Canada Most Valuable Player and if you ask Niagara River Lions Head Coach Grâce Lokole, it couldn’t have been awarded to a better person.
“Logan Stutz is the MVP of this league because he is the best citizen the league has. He is one of the most efficient players on the court and one of the most engaged with the team and community off the court.”
In addition to his character, Stutz has the numbers to back it up.
Stutz led the NBL of Canada in scoring all season finishing with 21.5 points per game. He also finished second in rebounding at 9.13 RPG and second in defensive rebounds per game with 6.26.
Stutz, who shot 56% from the field this season also owned the fifth best field goal percentage and was sixth in the league with 2.87 offensive rebounds per game.
“His numbers speak for themselves on the court and off the court. He’s our go to guy for anything,” River Lions Head Coach Lokole continued.
The 2015-2016 season was the Kansas City native’s first year playing professional basketball in North America after previous success in Europe and the River Lions were lucky to have him.
“Logan’s for sure the best off the court player any franchise in this league has. No one does more than Logan does,” Coach Lokole said following the announcement.
Stutz had never received an MVP award for his efforts before, and winning the award in his first year in the National Basketball League of Canada is a reflection of the hard work he has put in on and off the court.
“First of all I just want to thank God for giving me the ability to play basketball and [for] the talent that I have,” Stutz said after being named league MVP.
“On the court it’s been fun, a good group of guys. Obviously we’ve had our ups and downs but I’ve been put in a successful position. The players have been able to give me the ball in a good position, Coach put me in a good position and great owners and a great organization made it work out well for me this year.”
Coach Lokole has been thrilled to have Logan Stutz play such a large role on and off the court in the team’s first year in the NBL of Canada and knew his star player’s character was going to help the team in tangible and intangible ways.
“If you look at any of the things Kyle Julius said in the papers when they had Logan, it matches (Stutz spent time with the London Lightning in training camp prior to the season). Consummate professional, cares about the team, cares about the other players on the team, wants to see the team do well. Logan’s one of the best citizens we have in this league.”