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Matt Stainbrook

School

Xavier University

Position
Center
Major
MBA; graduated with bachelor's degree in finance

Classroom

Stainbrook was named to the 10-member 2013-14 I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team and was a 2013-14 BIG EAST Academic All-Conference selection. He is a senior athletically but graduated in 2014 with a 3.34 GPA in finance and is currently enrolled as an MBA student. Stainbrook was the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award Winner in 2013 and earned faculty nomination awards each of the last two years. He received the Athletic Director’s Award in 2014.

Character

Stainbrook is the co-president of the SAAC (Student-Athletic Advisory Council) and a 2014 team co-captain who overcame a transfer from Western Michigan. He also overcame a weight problem, losing 45 pounds since coming to Xavier, and played through a serious ankle injury in the 2014 season.

Community

He is one of the leaders of the Xavier’s men’s basketball players in terms of volunteering. He volunteered in the annual Buddy Walk to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. He also volunteers to read and work with kids at the Academy of World Languages. As one of the the leaders of SAAC (Student-Athletic Advisory Council), he helped SAAC raise $5,000 for a child through Make-A-Wish. Stainbrook is a role model and leader for Trey Couch, now age 13, who is the youngest prospect ever to sign a NLI at Xavier. Couch is part of the Xavier Basketball Family thanks to Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Stainbrook also is a volunteer at Children’s Hospital Cincinnati.

Competition

Stainbrook was a preseason 2014-15 First-Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection by the BIG EAST coaches and a preseason All-BIG EAST Conference selection by the Sporting News and Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. In 2013-14, he was an Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST Conference honoree by the league coaches and a Fourth-Team All-BIG EAST Conference selection by collegesportsmadness.com. He was named the starting center on the five-member All-BIG EAST Team selected by collegehoopsdaily.com. Already, Stainbrook has scored more than 1,000 career collegiate points. He led the team in rebounding at 7.4 rpg as a junior, which was fifth in the BIG EAST, and was third on the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and assists (2.2 apg).