After a major recent injury setback for Basha High School's 6-foot-9 senior post Klay Stall, causing him to miss the July evaluation period and his senior high school season, the athletic post prospect has earned some great news for himself. On Friday, Stall decided on a future college home for himself - providing himself and his family with a nice verbal commitment to a Mountain West program.
After mulling over his options for the future, Stall made a smart decision for himself - giving a verbal commitment to Utah State head coach Tim Duryea and his coaching staff. Rather than wait to make his decision later and possibly see his college recruitment tail off later, Stall decided to accept a previous scholarship offer to a strong Aggie basketball program.
Stall recently suffered a summer and season ending injury to his knee. The injury came in recent competition this summer, while with his Basha HS team at the University of San Diego basketball team camp. Stall suffered a torn acl and a torn mcl - both meniscus were torn, while he also suffered a partial tear in his popiteal ligament. Stall also bruised his fibula bone in the process.
Stall is one of the best prospects in Arizona's 2016 class - one of the elite bigs in a center-laden 2016 class in Arizona. Stall is a typical back-to-the-basket center, as he uses his long frame and solid low-post footwork to score in the low block. One of the best assets of Stall’s game is his offensive/ defensive rebounding abilities. He is always in the right place at the right time, and outworks others to get his hand on the basketball. Stall is an alert passer, as he can see when double-teams are coming, and he will spray out to an open shooter, or dish off to an open cutter.
On the defensive side, Stall’s girth and long wingspan alone detour offensive players from coming into the lane, and he also is an able shot-blocker as he alters or blocks many of the shots that are put up around him.
Stall chose Utah State over offers from Eastern Washington, Portland State, San Jose State, North Dakota, UC Santa Barbara, Northern Arizona University and Fresno State.
Stall will now spend his senior season recovering from this severe injury, and he should be able to return to form over time. Congratulations to Stall and his family on this amazing accomplishment, and also thank you to the Utah State staff for honoring their commitment to Stall - regardless of his injury. Our staff here at Arizona Preps wishes him a speedy and complete recovery.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Stall is very large in size and is still growing a great deal into his long frame. While he is still raw offensively, he is developing considerably and should become a very nice post player over time with continued hard work and skill development. He currently has a good jump hook and solid low-post footwork, and is a good finisher inside. He is an active rebounder for his size and a good finisher at the rim. As a he continues to get physically stronger he will see major improvement. Stall is a good shotblocker and also changes shots. He runs the floor well for his size as well. A good passer out of the post. He still needs some work on his shooting ability away from the paint to keep defenses honest. While suffering a serious knee injury, Stall will hope to regain his form at the collegiate level. He will have his work cut out for him over the next year while recovering. A nice kid with very good work ethic though. He should be fine in the recovery process, as his length and size make him very productive.