Interest in 2016 wing Lamar Stevens continues to grow

  • 04/28/2015 11:35 am in

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Class of 2016 Roman Catholic (Pa.) wing Lamar Stevens, who took an unofficial visit to Indiana last fall, is having a strong spring for Team Final on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

The 6-foot-7 Stevens is averaging 16.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and two steals per game and Team Final is 6-2 through two EYBL sessions and on target to qualify for July’s Peach Jam.

“We’re out here and we don’t have the biggest name players, but we think we’re all good and we think we can compete with all of the best players around the country,” Stevens told Inside the Hall over the weekend at the EYBL session in Lexington, Kentucky. “So we’re just out here to prove that we’re also one of the best teams in the country.”

As for his play individually, Stevens is focusing on his effort and as a result, schools are taking notice.

In recent weeks, Maryland, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Xavier and Florida State have all offered scholarships, joining IU, Penn State, Temple and Villanova, four schools that have been involved in his recruitment for quite some time.

“I’m just trying to play as hard as I possibly can,” Stevens said. “Get to the basket, draw fouls, hit midrange jumpshots and make all of my free throws. That’s what I’ve been focusing on right now, being the best me.”

Chuck Martin and Tom Crean both watched Stevens closely this past weekend in Lexington along with Team Final point guard Tony Carr. Stevens and Carr, who recently picked up an offer from IU, will be high school teammates next season at Roman Catholic.

Stevens previously played at The Haverford School, coached by Henry Fairfax, who played under Martin when he was an assistant at Drexel.

“We’ve got a really good relationship. We talk a lot and he talks to my parents a lot, also,” Stevens explained. “It’s been really good since we first talked. My head coach from my high school team, Chuck coached him while he was in college. So we immediately had something in common and just took our relationship from there. It’s been really good so far.”

Carr mentioned the possibility of playing with Stevens in college in a recent interview with Inside the Hall and it’s an idea Stevens says he’s open to exploring with his close friend.

“He’s a great point guard,” he said. “He’s probably the best point guard that I’ve played with and we’ve been best friends since we were younger. We both just complement each other. I think we could really help a team go up in the right way.”

As for his interest in Indiana, Stevens says that several factors are keeping the Hoosiers high on his list as his recruiting progresses.

“It’s Indiana. They have a really good history, great tradition,” he said. “They’re offering a lot with good basketball within the Big Ten and great academics.

“We’ve talked about a plan for me. They want to develop me into a guard and be able to handle the ball and be on the perimeter a lot more. And also just be able to take advantage of smaller guards.”

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  • Gregory Spera

    Seems we have the beginnings of a 2016 Recruiting Board this morning!

  • iuoiu

    Big ups to his strength coach – look at those pythons!

  • SilentBob

    What I like most about the kids we seem to be highest on is the majority of them seem to have big ten or close to big ten ready bodies. All kids have stuff to work on, but when you bring in two or more Troy Williams each year….. Who possessed neither strength nor fundamentals upon his arrival then it makes the process of sustained success that much harder. Need players like this against Izzo and the rest of the big ten.

  • SCHoosier

    This kid’s got a mid-range jumper??!! Damn sign him up..that is a lost art.

  • hoosier93

    Kentucky strikes out again. Diallo has committed to Kansas.

  • Gregory Spera

    Wow. Kansas vs. Indiana in 2015 Maui Invitational finals?

  • hoosier93

    Would be interesting. They have Mason and Selden coming back too. Would be good for JBJ to see how he does against a guy built like a truck with Selden.

  • Hardwood83

    No kidding, based on that top picture I would guess he was 6’1″. A build like that at 6’7″, in high school? Impressive.

  • His physique is almost comparable to OG’s. OG might be just a little bigger in the shoulders.. OG also really has some guns…

  • SCHoosier

    Careful what you wish for:)

  • cooper

    So who will be losing their scholarship

  • Michael Crawley

    I think Troy Williams was a top 27 recruit and did very well his freshman year and was solid his Sophomore year. If you have a player that is solid in all areas they are 5 Star recruits, two slow, or two short. You are not going to get the complete player your just not. I would much prefer guys like TW who are long and athletic with a high BB IQ. The key is to have veterans around them to make them better.

  • SilentBob

    Agreed having veteran leadership is key. Troy had a solid freshmen showing, but the turnovers caused by recruiting him and guard version of Troy aka Stan at the same time was a nightmare. Then add projects in Hanner, Peter, and Devin and there was just a lethal lack of ball skill and strength. I loved that we got OG this year and he should have time to develop before being thrust into the spotlight like Troy. But I’m also happy we only got one OG type.

  • SilentBob

    Basically all I’m saying is in a year where we could lose as many as 6 players to graduation and NBA entry, I’m happy we seem to being going after less projects at this point. Even at the guards. Even though Carr, Jones, and Gordon aren’t the athletes Stan was and aren’t well muscled either… They seem to be much more developed in the skills department. Lamar isn’t the super duper athlete Troy was but his body is developed to handle big ten contact. He has nice skills and is still a quality athlete. De’Ron isn’t the pro prospect Vonleh was but he seems to have significantly more experience in the post. And Rawle Alkins…. Well I’m having a hard time finding much flaws in that monster at all.

  • Michael Crawley

    I see what you are saying and your right much as I liked Stan he never got what TW was able to grasp and played out of control way to much. Guys with fundamentals and good ball control do not do that.

  • marcusgresham

    Physically he almost reminds me of Reggie Theus. If he plays like him IU would really have something. (Just keep Michael Jordan away from his woman.)