Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Levi Stukes Playing in Uruguay

Levi Jamal Stukes was born on November 18, 1984. Stukes came up enjoying the game of basketball, and though he topped out at 6' 2", Stukes became a prolific scorer at the shooting guard position.

During his sophomore year at Randallstown High in Randallstown, Maryland, Stukes averaged 17 points per game. The next year, Stukes increased his average to 28 points per game, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Stukes scored 24 pts, with 7 boards and 7 assists, his senior year. Stukes was a two-time All Metro selection for the Baltimore area, and was twice named the Baltimore County Player of The Year.

In 2003, newly hired Georgia coach Dennis Felton came aboard after former coach, Jim Harrick, resigned. Although Harrick had a signing class already in place (Cassiano Matheus, Jordan Howell, Mohammed Abukar, and Marcus Jackson), due to the change in leadership, Felton allowed these players to receive a release from their signatures with Georgia.

Felton worked quickly to get a new group signed. He brought on Marcus Sykes, Steve Newman, Corey Gibbs and Levi Stukes. Felton spotted Stukes playing in the AAU circuit, and he made a scholarship offer to Stukes. Stukes chose Georgia, in part because of the amount of playing time available.

Stukes played well enough in practice to be named the lone freshman (with 4 seniors) on Georgia's 2003/2004 starting five. During that year, Stukes did well, and Georgia upset University of Kentucky twice during the regular season, and beat then #3 ranked Georgia Tech.

The next year was difficult for Stukes and the University of Georgia basketball team. Because of the lack of players that had been admitted to school during Harrick's recruiting classes, Georgia had 4 sophomores and 7 freshmen on the roster, but only 4 of the freshmen were scholarship players. Georgia ended up going 8 and 20 for the 2004/2005 athletic year.

Stukes continued to play well, however. As Georgia built its roster, Stukes played with defensive intensity and honed his three-point shooting. Stukes ended his career with Georgia as the all-time leader in 3-pts made (261) and attempted (683), and was the 12th all-time in scoring, with 1,383 points.

Stukes is playing now in the professional league in Uruguay. He signed with Club Trouville in July of 2008. Stukes has continued his scoring tendencies, putting in 24 points in Trouville's last game.

Dawg fans wish Stukes much success in his professional career.

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