From 1984-88 Everette Stephens was a key cog for Purdue. Stephens starred for the Boilermakers in the backcourt before having a career in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers as well as the Milwaukee Bucks.
Now Stephens' son, Kendall, will follow in his footsteps. According to the elder Stephens, Kendall made a commitment to Purdue on Monday Evening.
"He just liked the coaches and the system," said Everette Stephens. "It is close to home and he just felt really comfortable with what they have to offer."
Stephens continued, "The academics also are something that also excites him. It is just a good fit."
At 6-foot-5 and 165 pound Stephens is a big time shooter with great length and solid athleticism. He exploded onto the scene this season playing for St. Charles (IL) East High School in the suburbs of Chicago, and will run the summer with the Illinois Wolves.
According to Everette, the opportunity for his son to follow in his footsteps was nice, but he is just happy about Kendall having an opportunity to play division I basketball.
"To me it is one of those things that I just know how hard it is to play division I basketball," said Stephens. I am just hoping he can continue to get better as a player. I know it will be tough, but I feel confident that the coaching staff and support at Purdue will make him better. The players improve and I feel comfortable with the decision. We are just excitied that he has this opportunity, it is special."
Currently Stephens is unranked by Scout.com, but his strong performance during the high school campaign has put him firmly in position to have that stock soar as the spring approaches and the rankings are revisited.