Stout making an impact at Lafayette
Kyle Stout played his final basketball game on the high school level in a PIAA state quarterfinal loss to the eventual state champion Roman Catholic.
The 2016 Parkland graduate was a four-time district champion as a member of the Trojans program, and just eight months after squaring off against the Cahillites, Stout and his Lafayette team stood across the court from the reigning National Champions in the Villanova Wildcats, fresh off a stunning championship.
Stout inserted himself right away to the Division I level, playing half of the game (20 minutes), and draining a three-pointer, finishing his first collegiate game with three points, an assist, and a rebound. The Wildcats won the game, but it was a nice way for a young Leopards team to ready themselves for the 2016-17 season.
“It was a good experience going up against one of the best teams in the nation on a big stage like that,” Stout said. “Something we can definitely learn from being that we are such a young team.”
Even after a first-game trial run, head coach Fran O’Hanlon sees something special in Stout. The 6-foot-6 freshman guard has seen action in all 17 games, and made three starts. His 24.5 minutes per game is fourth best on the team. He also is averaging 6.2 points per game, good for 5th on the team.
“It means a lot to play early,” Stout said. “It’s a big reason why I picked this school. I wanted to have an impact right away. I worked really hard to be able to see the court, and it’s great to be able to contribute as a freshman.”
Stout is one of seven freshmen on a Lafayette team that features just two seniors and two juniors. The inexperience and young roster is a big reason behind a slow start on College Hill.
Lafayette has started the season 6-11 overall and 2-4 in the Patriot League. But there is still time to develop before the league tournament, which every team makes, and anything can happen. Last March, the No. 9 seed Holy Cross traveled to No. 2 seed Lehigh in the championship game and came away with an upset and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
“Having seven freshmen, we’re young and are just getting used to playing together,” said Stout. “Communicating on defense is a key for us to improve, and being in a new system, a lot of the guys are adjusting on the fly. But we’re getting better as we go. There’s been more consistency out on the court.
“The main goal for us is to peak at the end of season.”
The Leopards still have 12 games remaining during the regular season, all of which are against Patriot League opponents. As of this week, Boston University (10-7 overall, 5-0 PL) sits atop the standings. The Terriers were 91-75 winners against Lafayette last week.
Stout was able to be a part of an historic win for his head coach back on January 2nd. In a 78-69 victory at Loyola Maryland, O’Hanlon tallied his 300th victory with Lafayette, in his 22nd season. He is the Patriot League’s all-time winningest coach, with a current career mark of 301-343 with all 644 games with the Maroon and White. Additionally, he owns Patriot League records for games coached (644) and league games coached (302).
“He’s a legend,” Stout said. “It was awesome to be a part of that win. He is all about making us better, and he is a great coach to play under.”
Stout is an Economics major.