July 6, 2012 — Davenport University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Burt Paddock rounded off his 2012-13 recruiting class with one of the top talents from the state of Indiana as he recently signed Kyle Stidom out of Greenwood Christian Academy in Indianapolis.
Stidom is the eighth signing for the defending WHAC Champions and NAIA Final 4 participant.
The DU men's basketball staff journeyed to Coach Paddock's roots for their final signee Kyle Stidom of Indianapolis, Ind. Stidom put up incredible numbers during his four years at Greenwood Christian Academy. During his senior year, Kyle led his Cougar team to an 18-3 record while posting 26.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
Stidom is the son of Morehead natives Larry and Charlotte Stidom, and the grandson of Maron and Audrey Black of Sharkey. His uncle is Budd Stidom and his aunt is Jeanie Scruggs, who also live in Morehead.
His high school exploits led him to be named to the Top 100 Showcase as a junior and to the Top 60 as a senior. Stidom was also picked to play in the prestigious Indiana North-South All-Star game and became the all-time leading scorer in the history of Johnson County with 2,059 points and it ranks 31st in the history of Indiana High School basketball. To go along with the points, Kyle also tallied 1,040 career rebounds.
“With the departure of James Nelson and Damacious White it was essential we find strong, tough, athletic guards who can play right away, said Paddock. With the addition of Kyle we've done that and he is a great find for us and one that I applaud my assistants for landing. He will be able to help us in a variety of areas and fits in great with the addition of our other wings. Kyle scored a crazy number of points in high school but I love his competitive nature and willingness to do other things when he plays. Kyle is a winner in all aspects of life and will greatly enhance our program both on and off the floor.”
Stidon plans to earn a degree in Sport Management while attending Davenport University. “I am excited to be a Panther, said Stidom. It has been a long recruiting process but, the coaches at DU stuck with me and always made me feel wanted. I am ready to get to campus and get to work to help our team.”
“We are very fortunate to add Kyle to our family," added Paddock. "Kyle is deceivingly athletic and has a knack for getting to the basket while being a tremendous shooter as well. He reminds me a great deal of a former Indiana player I recruited to Grand Valley State in Jason Jamerson. Their physical characteristics vary but their personalities, attitudes and the way they approach the game are very similar. We look forward to getting Kyle and all our kids here when late August rolls around for another great year of Panther Basketball!”