Teammates Reunite In Maui

High school teammates Lance Stephenson and James Padgett face off in the semi-finals tonight of the Maui Invitational.

During their days at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, James Padgett, now a 6-foot-8, 225 pound forward for the Maryland Terrapins, and Lance Stephenson, now a 6-foot-5, 210 pound guard for the Cincinnati Bearcats, teamed up to win four straight New York City Championships. That type of team success is almost unprecedented, considering the talent level that is so abundant in New York City.

Padgett and Stephenson created impressive resumes during their years at Lincoln High School. Padgett, ranked the 25th best center in the Class of 2009 by, averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior, before raising his game in his senior season, where he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds. Padgett's senior season also featured some very impressive games, including a 17-point, 14-rebound performance in the New York City title game, which ended in a 78-56 victory for Lincoln over JFK High School. However, throughout his time at Lincoln High, Padgett seemed to always be overshadowed by Stephenson.

Lance Stephenson, ranked a five-star recruit by, was a 2009 McDonalds All-American, as he averaged 28.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and .9 assists per game during his senior season. He finished high school as the all-time scoring leader in the history of the state of New York with 2,946 career points. Stephenson was also a three-time New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) first-team selection, and was voted the Class AA NYSSWA Player of the Year during his final season at Lincoln High.

Tonight, Stephenson and Padgett will reunite six time-zones away from Lincoln High School as the Terps battle the Bearcats in the Maui Invitational. This will be the first time Padgett and Stephenson will be on the court together not as teammates.

So far, both have put up modest numbers in the beginning of their college careers. Padgett is averaging 7.5 points and 6 rebounds per game, while Stephenson is averaging 10.3 points and rebounds per game. Both, however, have a little extra motivation to break out and have a big game tonight, as a former teammate will be on the enemy side.

The Maryland-Cincinnati game will be played at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui at 7 PM Eastern on ESPN. Both Padgett and Stephenson figure to see of action on the court during the game.

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