It’s been a little over seven years since Stagg grad and current Miami Heat guard Max Strus left high school to continue his hoop’s aspirations at Lewis University. Coming out of the 2014 Class, Strus was a rather unknown player with not many college offers but he has since solidified himself as one of the better players to come out of the 2014 class thanks to his hard work at Lewis, DePaul, and at his various NBA stops. This past weekend, he returned home to Chicago to be honored at a DePaul game and later face off against his former team the Chicago Bulls.
Strus Night at Wintrust Arena
After transferring from Lewis, Max Strus spent his final two seasons of college eligibility as a DePaul Blue Demon. He quickly becoming one of their star players and key shooters. He went on to play 66 games and averaged 18.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. He went on to earn Second-Team All BIG EAST for his 2018-19 season’s performance.
Ever since, Strus has been a big name with the Blue Demon fan base. Over the weekend, with the Heat in town, DePaul set up a ‘Strus Night’ to honor Max Strus and his collegiate success. A graphic was made and soon after Strus shared it to his Instagram page.
Not long after his post, Heat teammate and jokester Jimmy Butler shared a comment under the post. In his joking Butler way, he said, “Ain’t nobody coming to no dumbass strus night.”
That would be further from the truth as family, fans, and even several of his Heat coaches and teammates were in attendance.
He even spent some time signing some autographs for the fans- and had quite the line too (TAKE THAT JIMMY BUTLER).
Strus Takeover at United Center
Strus brought the energy in the first half, scoring 9 (team lead) of his 13 points while coming off the bench in Miami’s 107-104 win over the Bulls.
Strus’ return to the United Center didn’t consist of his beyond the arc touch and he instead pivoted his game plan. The thing about Strus is his work ethic is one that coaches dream of as he is willing to do whatever is needed. Despite shots not falling, Strus’ Saturday performance went from shooting threes to getting to the basket.
He had some nice finishes including a dunk after getting by Bulls’ star Zach Lavine in the second quarter. His aggressive attitude while attacking the basket resulted in him shooting a career-high five free throws and tying a career-high in makes (4).
Strus finished the night with 13 points on 4-11 shooting with four rebounds, 2 steals, and a turnover in 31 minutes off the bench.
And finally finishing with a big time win in the arena I grew up going to games in! Words can’t even describe how thankful I am for the moments likes this. A weekend I’ll never forget! Thank you Chicago. You will always be my home.Strus Via his Instagram post