These days, it isn’t easy for any elite level recruit to navigate the waters. With schools, fans, scouts and some others with less than well meaning intentions all trying to grab a piece of you, it can be difficult to know who to trust. In that regard, it’s also difficult for a parent and Lance Stephenson Sr. spent some time discussing how things are going for his son Lance Jr. a highly rated wing from Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln and what it’s like to help a son navigate the hype.
Key in helping out his son, was developing a list of schools and
setting a timeline.
“Right now the list is Memphis, UCLA, Kansas, Arkansas, and
North Carolina,” said Stephenson, Sr. “I think
Lance will be ready to make a decision sometime before the high school
On the court, the elder Stephenson has no doubt that his talented 6-6
and 220 pound son can handle the pressure. Off the court, though,
things have turned crazy for a kid who has been the subject of intense
-- and sometimes negative -- media scrutiny. Because of that
he’s looking to help his son find a place that can shelter
him in college.
“In New York there’s like a lot of hate. Everybody
wants to get at him and this and that,” the elder Stephenson
told Phog.Net. “We’re really looking for a place
that really embraces him and supports him versus a place that wants to
see him mess up. Just a good basketball school where the fans are
supportive and there’s a good athletic director and
definitely a good coach.”
According to Stephenson, schools hadn’t even really started
recruiting his son all that heavily until more recently.
“At first they didn’t really know, because
everybody assumed Lance was a lock for Louisville for some
reason,” said Stephenson. “Once they realized that
wasn’t the case, they’ve been sending a lot of
stuff and doing stuff like that, they’ve been real
Stephenson says that Bill Self and Kansas have been among the most
fervent in their pursuit of his son and that he likes the way program
has a lot of support.
“That’s one of my personal favorites,
Kansas. You know that support there, it’s really good and
they take care of their kids,” said Stephenson Sr. of Kansas.
“That’s really what we need because right now Lance
is just feeling the hate.”
Stephenson also said that he and Self speak on a regular basis.
“Definitely Kansas is big, big, big time on the list. I love
Coach Self and I actually call him at least once a week and just check
in with him,” said Stephenson. “I called him on the
Final Four and wished him well. You know every time I call
he’s real supportive, so that looks like a great place for
Lance, and we’ll have to see.”
While he wishes that he could make things a little more normal for his
son, Stephenson understands that the attention isn’t going
away anytime soon. In that regard, he’s even learning from
and admires how his 17 year old son has handled everything
that’s been thrown his way.
“It’s helping me mature as well, grow up. I
couldn’t imagine telling a person how that feels, a kid going
through that. Everywhere you go people kind of kind of want to hate on
you,” finished Stephenson. “Just straight up hate
is kind of wearing him down. Sometimes I’ve got to pump him
up because he feels like it’s not worth it. I just gotta tell
him it’s going to get better.”
Lance Stephenson Sr. Discusses His Son
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