Lance Stephenson- Two Questions

Senior guard Lance Stephenson has been taking some visits. Phog.Net rounded up the experts to talk about them and his future.

When the number seven prospect in Scouthoops.com top 100 makes a visit, people take notice. Over the weekend, Brooklyn's finest -- 6-foot-5 wing Lance Stephenson -- took an official visit to Kansas for the Jayhawks win over Nebraska.

Coming on the heels of a similar visit to Maryland, it's apparent that the highly scrutinized and talented young man is getting serious about making a decision. However, it's also a recruitment where there isn't much information available and opinions about where he may or may not be leaning and what he brings to the table can vary.

In an effort to take a different approach to discussing Stephenson, Phog.Net got in touch with three of the top guys in the recruiting world and asked them two simple questions. What if any kind of feel do you have for where Stephenson lands next year and what type of impact could he make? People seem to almost love or hate Lance, why is that?

Dave Telep, Scout.com

Question: What if any kind of feel do you have for where Stephenson lands next year and what type of impact could he make?

Telep: "It's reasonable to begin the conversation with St. John's, Maryland and Kansas. I think the impact he makes centers around how he assimilates to the team. He's such a big personality that on the high school level he's the focal point. In college, a lot of that will be true but to go from good to great his team will have to excel and it'll be incumbent on him to embrace everyone around him."

People seem to almost love or hate Lance, why is that?

Telep: "I think everyone agrees that this kid is a weapon. When focused he's a straight up beast and few can handle him. He's a bit of a polarizing player because his body language can be a detriment at times. To his credit, on the court this year, I've seen him get hacked repeatedly and he's been mentally strong enough to take it and keep going. If I were advising him, I'd probably tell him to smile a little more. This isn't a job, it's supposed to be fun and when you smile, you give off great energy!"

Evan Daniels, Scout.com

Question: What if any kind of feel do you have for where Stephenson lands next year and what type of impact could he make?

Daniels: "Stephenson's situation is a bit different. He keeps everything close to the vest. But what we do know is he's serious about St. John's, Maryland and Kansas. We know that because he's take visits to all three. Originally many thought it was going to be St. John's or over seas, but it's clear that Maryland and Kansas are right there in the mix."

People seem to almost love or hate Lance, why is that?

Daniels: "It's interesting because it seems like everyone from the Northeast loves Lance. Maybe that's a territorial thing. As far as why people hate on him? I think it's because of his attitude. He's had his fair share of problems off the court, and when he's on the court he shows his emotions. He's not afraid to get after a ref or bull doze over a defender."

Rob Harrington, Prepstars.com

Question: What if any kind of feel do you have for where Stephenson lands next year and what type of impact could he make?

Harrington: "I think he's the kind of kid whose game will need to be broken down, with the hope that he'll evolve into a ringer by the end of the season. Tyreke Evans may provide a good barometer for how Lance could develop. Ultimately, though, I think he plays with more of a pro style than a college style, so he may not truly shine until he gets to the highest level."

People seem to almost love or hate Lance, why is that?

Harrington: "Part of it is his on-court demeanor. He shows more negative emotion than most kids and at times has woofed it up too much for purists. In addition, there always seems to be some backlash to the typical New York overhype. People get tired of the saturation and don't give kids any benefit of the doubt. I think the New York grassroots culture puts undue stress on players at an early age, as evidenced by Stephenson's various reactions. He's accountable, but again, I wish he had more space to develop like a normal kid and wasn't forced to be a flag-bearing representative for the world's most illustrious city."


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