The step-out four has become one of the most coveted and valued positions in all of college basketball. Gone are the days of the traditional “back-to-the-basket” big man, and in are the days of the versatile forwards who possess an arsenal of post moves and a smooth perimeter jump shot.
2021 6’9 F Dylan Fuzak
That’s why Dylan Fuzak is going to be such a hot commodity in Illinois’ class of 2021.
Scott Hennig, Fuzak’s head varsity coach at Geneva High School, affirmed this point, saying, “Dylan’s ability to stretch the floor at 6’9 makes him a tough assignment for any defense. At the same time, he’s an underrated passer and an excellent rim protector defensively”. Indeed, versatility is the defining characteristic of Dylan’s game, as the big man can play inside and out on both ends of the floor on any given possession.
From beyond the arc, Dylan is a lights-out shooting threat who is virtually unguardable due his deep range, quick release, and size. He has demonstrated the ability to put the ball on the floor, as well, which makes him a nightmare matchup for slower defenders who would prefer to play in the post. However, a matchup with Fuzak in the post is hardly any easier for a defender, as he is strong in the face of pressure and possesses excellent shooting touch around the rim. On the other end of the floor, Dylan’s presence is felt the most as an interior shot blocker, though even when he fails to block a shot, he manages to alter it with his length and athleticism. As is the case on offense, Fuzak is comfortable both inside and out on the defensive end of the floor, and his foot speed allows him to match up effectively with at least three positions on the floor.
While Dylan has not yet stepped foot on the court for his final club basketball season, his recruitment is already active with suitors at the D1, D2, and high D3 levels. Fuzak’s game in its current state would be an asset to college programs, but the upside that extends from his upper body frame, long arms, and athleticism is perhaps even more exciting to those who watch him closely. Eighteen months from now, Dylan will begin what will undoubtedly be a tremendous college career, but in the time leading up to then, we expect him to assert himself as one of the state’s premier senior forwards.
Now, allow us to introduce you to Dylan in his own words:
As you think ahead toward your ideal college situation, what factors are most important to you in picking a school? What are you looking for in a school and basketball program? In a school I am looking for a place where I can receive my degree and be set up for success in my future, as well as an active social scene to grow as an individual and meet other students. In a program I’m looking for a place where we can win. It is important to me that the relationship between the coaching staff and the team is strong.
From your perspective, what are your greatest on-court strengths that you will bring to your future college program? My ability to be both an outside threat as well and a matchup problem inside will be a large advantage, but I also pride myself on my passing and the court vision I demonstrate whether I’m in the post or on the perimeter.
During this coronavirus-inflicted “shelter-in-place”, which aspects of your game are you working to improve? And how are you being creative with your workout routine? Ball handling is a key area of improvement for me right now, but I’m also working hard to become an even more consistent perimeter scoring threat. And, of course, as I wait for the season to begin, I’m working to stay in shape through regular runs and strength workouts.
If we asked your teammates what their favorite part about playing alongside you was, what would they say? I think my teammates most appreciate my intangibles, including my ability to motivate people, my positivity in good times and bad, and the excitement I show when those around me experience success.
During this time in which college coaches cannot travel to watch you play live, what’s one thing you’d like for those coaches to know about you? This time is tough, but I’m using it to grow as a player. When normalcy returns and I’m back on the court, I’m confident that I’ll be much improved.
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