Honoring Our Seniors: Stephan Van Treese

03/07/2014 04:57 PM


  • 119 games
  • 256 career points
  • 400 career rebounds

Stephan Van Treese admitted he thought about transferring from Louisville twice in his Cardinal career.

“I chose to come to Louisville three times when I first committed here, when I was getting ready to leave and came back and then this year to come back again,” Van Treese said. “Coach Pitino thought this would be the better fit for me than trying to transfer and trying to get the waiver. It all ended up being the best situation for me.”

As a freshman, the Indianapolis-native scored his first basket as a Card against East Tennessee State, but that wasn’t all. He also blocked a shot and grabbed two rebounds against the Buccaneers. As a sophomore, Van Treese was among the Big East leaders in field goal accuracy making 70.5 percent of his shots, but he dropped below the per-game minimum to officially count in the league stats. In just his second career start, he achieved a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards.

In 2011, Van Treese strained his patellar tendon in his left knee. He played in just three games, averaging just 1.3 points and 2 rebounds. On November 26, 2011, Van Treese reinjured his knee and was out for the season. For that season, he received a medical redshirt.

Back from injury in 2012, Van Treese was second on the team in average rebounds per 40 minutes with 11.2 boards. He grabbed his 200th rebound in UofL’s 5-OT loss at Notre Dame. In his final season as a Card, Van Treese is averaging 2.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. He has started 14 games and became a regular part of the starting lineup at Houston in the beginning of February.

“I don’t have to score to be happy. I enjoy setting screens, getting Luke open to hit the three-pointer,” Van Treese said. “It’s just fun for me being out there on the court doing what I love. It’s crazy that it’s all going to come to an end here soon.”

After college, Van Treese who already graduated with a degree in sports administration said he originally wanted to go into coaching, but now, he wants to play basketball overseas.


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