Alex Stepheson is a 6-foot-8 power forward from North Hollywood (CA) Harvard-Westlake: UK may be evaluating him this summer. His play has drawn some mixed reviews. Some believe he might develop into one of the elite power forwards in his class. Others think the jury is out and that might come back late in the summer once AAU summer play has concluded.
"He's going to have to play his way into a scholarship offer," Telep said, "Stepheson is one of those players that everyone will watch. He is really athletic and plays superb in spurts. There may be something there. This is the kind of player that some coaches love to take on to develop."
Eric Bossi, recruiting analyst for Phognet.com, said on his website, "He races up and down the court like a much smaller player and gets into position very quickly. He's a good stand-still leaper and has soft touch around the rim and does an effective job of tapping the ball to areas where he can control it if he can't snare a rebound right away. Because he is on the slender side, Stepheson struggles against physical big men and can get discouraged when his shots don't go down. If he adds strength and a little more confidence he could develop into the type of big man who could contribute at an elite high major program.
Greg Hicks, Scout.com's west coast recruiting analyst whose proximity may suggest that he may have seen more of Stepheson than most experts, takes a more cautious position, "I am not sure that Stepheson could step in and play at a Kentucky or Arizona level right now," said Hicks, "He has upside but has some developing to do."
That does not mean that Hicks believes there is not talent there, "He has the body," Hicks added, "he's very strong. At 6-foot-8 or so he has the body of a good power forward but his game is more like a center's game. He is a leaper and is a surprisingly good shot-blocker for a player his size. He is going to play well at some college level."
Hicks believes that, if Stepheson were to play college ball tomorrow, that schools like UK or Kansas might not offer Stepheson, "At this moment in time I'd see him as a better fit for a school like a Pepperdine or a Fresno St., moreso than a Kentucky. But things could change this summer."
Stepheson is open in is recruitment and Kentucky is one of the schools that pops up in recruiting circles when you mention his name, "We'll know a lot more as we see what his summer play looks like."
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