Cards have connections to 2009's Stephenson

Lance Stephenson, the top prospect in the Class of 2009, attends Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York – the same school that produced Sebastian Telfair. The 6-5 guard also plays on the same AAU team with 2009 Louisville commit Lamont Jones. Will those connections pay off for the Cardinals in the future?

Like Sebastian Telfair before him, Lance Stephenson is one of the elite prospects in the nation.

A 6-5 guard, Stephenson attends Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York – the same school that Telfair attended before heading directly to the NBA – bypassing Louisville, the team he signed with, in the process.

Also like Telfair, Stephenson plays for Tiny Morton's Juice All-Stars on the AAU circuit. Last weekend, Stephenson, along with 2009 Louisville commit Lamont Jones, led Juice to the quarterfinals of the Pitt Jamfest.

An extremely athletic guard, Stephenson had a solid weekend. Though he's capable of putting up big scoring numbers, Stephenson proved that he knows how to get his teammates involved. He also showed that he's virtually unstoppable when he decides to go the rim.

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That's why every big-time college program in the country is recruiting him. Louisville's Rick Pitino tracked the Juice All-Stars in Pittsburgh and no doubt had his eyes glued to Stephenson, as well as the 5-10 Jones.

As a sophomore last season, Stephenson led Lincoln to the New York state title. His talent is undeniable. On the recruiting front, Stephenson appears content to let the process play out, and he's getting bombarded by mail from everyone, including the Cardinals.

"All the top schools are sending stuff," Stephenson said. "I'm looking at all the teams right now. I'm trying to look at what would be the best program for me. I'm not picking out any schools right now."

Stephenson isn't ready to name favorites, or even provide of list of potential suitors. He says it's way too early for that. However, the five-star guard knows what he'll ultimately look for in a college.

"They'd have a good coach, good players and they've got to play together," Stephenson said.

Stephenson will spend the summer solidifying his spot atop the Class of 2009 rankings. After that, he'll start looking into things from a recruitment perspective.

"I'm going to start next year," Stephenson said. "I've got to really look into that."

Stephenson looks be improved since last summer.

"I've think I gotten better in the post and my jump shot and the ability to play with my teammates," Stephenson said. "I've got to work on my attitude and everything – you've got to work on everything to get better."

The next superstar from New York has arrived onto the scene: His name is Lance Stephenson.

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