New Palestine’s Ian Stephens to join IU roster as a walk-on

  • 05/03/2023 7:26 am in

New Palestine wing Ian Stephens will join the Indiana roster as a walk-on, according to the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

Stephens shot 59 percent from the field and averaged 15.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and two assists as a senior.

He was named All-Hoosier Heritage conference and helped lead New Palestine to a sectional championship.

“Ian is a kid that can have a huge impact on a game without the ball in his hands,” New Palestine coach Trent Whitaker said recently. “He is a team first guy and makes his teammates better.”

Indiana lost a walk-on, Nathan Childress, this offseason. Childress is graduating from IU and is transferring to Indiana Wesleyan. Walk-on Michael Shipp also graduated.

Steve Heath of the Greenfield Daily Reporter detailed how the opportunity came about for Stephens:

Stephens said the offer came through a connection with Jordan Hulls, the former IU guard who is now IU’s Team and Recruiting Coordinator. Stephens had played for Hulls former AAU team, JH1 Elite.

“Because I played (for his AAU team), he was like, ‘We have a spot and I’ve watched your games before.’ (IU head coach) Mike Woodson had a knee replacement, so it’s taken awhile, because (Woodson) has been out of his office, before getting the final word.”

Update: Stephens issued the following statement on Twitter:

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