Stephens Impressive at AU Hoops Camp

A report is featured on one of the top girls basketball prospects in the state of Georgia.

Decatur, Ga.--Southwest DeKalb High School's Charenee Stephens is considered one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia for the 2008 signee class because of her ability to rebound the basketball.

A 6-1 1/2 rising senior who plays bigger than her size would indicate because she is an excellent leaper, Stephens stood out as one of the top prospects at a three-day girls basketball camp on the Auburn University campus.

"Rebounding is the best part of my game," Stephens says without hesitation when describing her style of play. "I live on the boards. I have got a good feeling for the timing and things like that. Grabbing rebounds is probably the best part of my game."

Stephens, who averaged 13 points and 13 rebounds per contest as a junior, says the camp at Auburn was a productive one. "We did a lot of station work with posts and guards and got a lot done," she notes. "We had a lot of fun with that."

A camp like the one at Auburn was an opportunity to improve her all-around skills, Stephens points out. "I play center in high school, but I try to move away from the basket during the AAU season. I play for the Georgia Metros Nike Elite Team.

"I am working at getting better with my ball-handling and perimeter shooting," she adds. "When I get in college I might have to play at the big guard position because I won't be in the paint as much."

Stephens grabs a rebound in an AAU event.

With her excellent leaping skills, Stephens is a threat as a shot blocker, but notes that she tries to be smart about that part of her game. "I have a good feel for shot blocking, but I try to stay away from it to keep my fouls low," she says.

Academics should not be a problem on her way to signing a scholarship, says Stephens, an articulate rising senior. "I should be set with that," she notes.

Although basketball is her primary athletic focus, it isn't her only sport. "Everything I do (athletically) leads to basketball," says Stephens, who runs on her school's cross country and track teams.

She has early scholarship offers from Auburn and Miami "and a couple of other schools," she says. "Right now I don't have a favorite. I am still looking around. I have got to get to some colleges and do some traveling in August."

Traveling is something she has done a lot of with her basketball. "I have been to a lot of places and met a lot of people and got a lot of exposure," she says.

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