Stemler Headed To Big Ten

Lance Stemler was faced with a difficult decision. He was down to four schools, visited them all and then dealt with the reality of telling a trio he wasn't coming to their school.

Lance Stemler, a 6-foot-7 combo forward out of Southwest Illinois Community College is headed to Indiana. The 1st team all-american picked the Hoosiers after strongly considering Marquette, St. Louis and Nebraska.

"Last week he visited three schools and he visited Nebraska early," SWIC coach Jay Harrington said. "He played in the United States all-star game in Texas and he left there and went to Marquette. He came back from there and went to St. Louis and left there and went to Indiana.

"Calling the other schools was the hardest thing he said he's ever done."

On the flipside, that call to Indiana had to be rewarding. In Stemler, the Hoosiers are getting a 22-point a game scorer who averaged 6 rebounds and was his region player of the year.

"I think he's a four-three," Harrington said. "He's not a power player, he's a finesse player. He can go inside and outside and that's what he did all year for us."

Harrington said the Indiana program just really fit Stemler who is a 3.0 student that will major in financial accounting. "He's not your typical junior college player."

Stemler is Indiana's second spring addition. "He said that Indiana sort of fit him," Harrington told "They need players and a guy that can shoot. I think a couple of things – on campus facility was a big thing. Kelvin Sampson was a big thing."

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