Two visits set for Lamar Stevens

Lamar Stevens is about to begin his official visit process.

When it comes to toughness and desire, not many players in the country match up with Lamar Stevens. Due to the ever changing style of basketball played, combo forward like Stevens who can play inside and out are becoming more and more in vogue, and Stevens is as good as they come in that role.

Stevens played a huge role for Team Final all spring and summer, and feels thinks went solid for him and his team.

“I thought the summer went okay,” said Stevens. “The team overall I felt we were good during the regular season, but when Tony Carr went down with his injury it hurt us for the Peach Jam. Personally I don’t feel I started great, but I got better and I finished playing pretty well. I feel I could have done better, and I wish as a team we did better, but I had fun.”

Recently Stevens narrowed his list to Indiana, SMU, Temple, Villanova, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Maryland, and Penn State. According to Stevens that was not an easy call.

“It was difficult to narrow things down because I had a lot of great options from great schools, but I just did what I felt was best for me,” explained Stevens. “My family and I have talked about where they think I would be best, and which coaches are the most realistic, so it was tough but I am down to eight great schools.”

At this point Stevens has two official visits set with another two being in the works.

“So far I just have Pitt and Marquette set up,” said Stevens. “I am working on setting up visits to Indiana and Penn State, but those aren’t set yet. I will also take one more after that.”

When it comes to Pittsburgh, Stevens said, “Jamie Dixon and I have a really good relationship. Also it is in a great conference. I know a lot about them in terms of how I would fit in and how they want to use me, but I haven’t seen the campus. I want to see the campus and talk to the players. I am real excited to check things out, and Coach Dixon is a great guy.”

About Marquette, Stevens added, “Me and Coach Wojo have really developed a great relationship in a short span of time. I have heard great things about Marquette, but I have never seen the campus. They tell me how the plan to use me on the wing, and they want to let me just play. I tell them I don’t want to be labeled as a position, I want to just play, and he sees me in that role, but likes me playing more on the wing. I am just excited to see the campus.”

One school that has been linked with Stevens a lot is Penn State. Penn State has commitments from AAU teammates and friends Nazeer Bostick and Tony Carr, but Stevens says it is his relationship with Patrick Chambers that has the Lions in the mix.

“Without Tony and Nazeer being committed there I would still be very high on Penn State,” explained Stevens. “Me and Coach Chambers have built a great relationship over the past year and a half. Those two aren’t in my ear and don’t want to put pressure on me, but having friends you have grown up with there definitely is good, but I know I have to do what is best for myself.”

Also Indiana has been recruiting Stevens for a while, and he likes a lot of things about the Hoosiers program.

“Indiana has a great tradition and Coach (Tom) Crean is a really great guy,” explained Stevens. “I have built a good relationship with Coach (Chuck) Martin as well. They produce great players and their fan base is crazy, so there is a lot to like about Indiana.”

For now Stevens doesn’t want to put a specific timeframe on a decision, but he does know he wants to make all of his official visits before deciding.

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