Stephens' Stock is Soaring

The 2013 class in Illinois is loaded, and one of the players making a huge move up the rankings is Kendall Stephens. Big Ten schools are now all over the legacy shooting guard.

Kendall Stephens has been around basketball his entire life. The son of Purdue Boilermaker standout Everette Stephens, Kendall is emerging as a high-major player in his own right. The 2013 prospect is beginning to explode on the national radar and is making strides with his game.

With good height, long arms, and a big time shooting stroke, Stephens is turning heads as a sophomore. Routinely he is putting up huge scoring numbers for his St. Charles (Ill.) East High School team. Still for his father, it is the improvement that his son has made on the defensive end and with his all-around game that has impressed him the most.

"He has grown so quickly in a short period of time," said the elder Stephens. "With that he has realized his length in terms of playing defense. I think his shooting and range have gotten better. He has made an adjustment to shooting the ball above his head."

He continued, "His jumping has improved a lot over this past year, and his training has really helped out with that. He has always been a good passer and ball handler and his strength is shooting the ball. I have been pleased with how he has developed."

Currently Stephens is right around 6-foot-5, but he still looks to be growing, and as he develops physically, his recruitment is also beginning to pick up.

"He has offers from Northwestern and Wisconsin," said Everette Stephens of his son. "DePaul, Illinois, Michigan, and Purdue have shown a lot of interest, but haven't offered. Also recently Seton Hall and Ohio State have asked for transcripts, but we really haven't heard from them too much. Boston College also came out to see Kendall once, but he was injured so they didn't have a chance to watch him."

According to Stephens at this point his son is simply happy to have so many schools showing him significant attention.

"He is really excited that all of the teams he's played with on X-Box are recruiting him now," said Stephens. "With him being so young and the recruiting process starting so early he is just excited right now."

While the offers and interest are beginning to come in, Stephens has told his son to focus not on the coaches, but on getting better since nothing is guaranteed.

"I have just talked to him about the recruiting and told him it is early," said Stephens. "Now kids get offered and recruited earlier and earlier. I just tell him to think about it as if they are just looking and that nothing is set in stone. If you don't get better they won't want you, so I am telling him to seal the deal by getting better and to keep adding parts to his game."

Though Stephens is still in the early stages of his recruitment, the family has made unofficial visits to Michigan for a football game, Northwestern, DePaul, and Purdue. The plan is to see other schools when they get a chance either for games or just to check out the campus.

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