Stephenson Takes Unofficial Visit

Unfortunately Lance Stephenson wasn't able to give it a go at the 2K Sports All-American Shootout this past weekend, however the 2009 prospect did speak to the media following the event and he talked about his recruitment.

Ranked as the 5th best player in the junior class, Lance Stephenson will have plenty of options when it's time to make a college decision. At this point he's hearing from Louisville, Indiana, USC, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina.

"I don't want to name all of them," Stephenson said. "But they are all looking at me and want me to come look at their schools."

Despite the early attention, Stephenson and Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton both made it clear that his recruitment is wide open and that their aren't any early favorites.

Stephenson has already visited Indiana and Seton Hall, and on Saturday he took in the University of Louisville with his family, coach and high school team. The visit included Louisville's game versus Dayton.

"I like Louisville," Stephenson said. "They have a good organization and coach. I'm looking at the school so I'm happy that I came out here."

As for the game this past weekend, the 6-foot-5 wing tried to play against Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier, but he re-aggravated and ankle injury the night before, during a game in New York.

"I wish I never played that game [on Thursday] that I got hurt in," Stephenson said. "I wanted to play so bad, just watching my team…I can't watch my team play I got to be involved with it. It was real hard. I got dressed, taped, I thought I was going to play, but it didn't feel right today."

"He's kind of injured and he doesn't understand that, but as a coach you don't want him to play because he doesn't know how to not give 100-percent when he's injured," Morton said.

Stephenson is known as a big, strong wing that overpowers defenders. He's also capable of blowing by the opposition on his way to the rim, knocking down deep jumpers and locking up on defense.

"I think I can play any position a coach would want me to play," Stephenson said. "I can shoot, I can play defense, whatever a coach needs to me to do I can do for them."

"He can really play a lot of positions and in college he can probably play the one, two and three spot," Morton said about Stephenson. "He's tenacious on the court and he gives 100-percent all the time."

Although their star player wasn't able to play, Lincoln still beat St. Xavier by double figures on Friday. Lincoln is back in action tonight against Boy & Girls and Stephenson's status is unknown.


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