Stephens has early leader

Quinton Stephens holds a half dozen scholarship offers, but one ACC school has started to separate themselves from the pack.

As last summer wore on, Quinton Stephens, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Georgia, began to build his reputation playing for the Atlanta Xpress.

His strong play carried into the high school season. After suffering a back injury early in the year due to a car accident, Stephens, a standout at Atlanta (Ga.) Marist, began to hit his stride.

"Closer to the end of the year everything started picking up," Stephens explained to "I finished up pretty strong."

Stephens, a 2013 prospect, led Marist to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA state playoffs, before falling to eventual champion Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove.

The three-star prospect described himself as a versatile combo forward.

"I'd say I'm a small forward/power forward," he said. "I'm working on my ball handling so I can become a shooting guard so I can play all the positions really. I can guard a guard or a big man and I'm a good shot blocker."

Stephens currently holds scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn and UAB.

"It's going good," Stephens said of his recruitment. "It's been smooth"

Stephens also mentioned interest from West Virginia, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia, Harvard and Stanford.

Prior to his high school season, Stephens took a few unofficial visits. He also visited the local school – Georgia Tech – last week.

"Early on in the year I went to Clemson for a football game as well as [Georgia] Tech," Stephens said. "I went to Auburn's midnight madness thing."

"This past week I went to Tech for a tour and that went really well," he added. "I got to talk to the academic coach and all the coaches as well. I got to sit down with coach [Brian] Gregory for a while. That was pretty cool."

Although it's early, it appears the Yellow Jackets are positioned well with Stephens.

"I'd say Tech is at the top because I know the most about them" Stephens admitted. "I can meet with them whenever."

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