NC State Enters The Mix For JUCO Guard Niem Stevenson

NC State is one of several schools now pursuing Seward County (KS) guard Niem Stevenson.

Seward County (KS) guard Niem Stevenson has been one of the most efficient players in the junior college ranks.  

As a sophomore, he averaged 24.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 51.1% from the field and 36.7% from the 3-point line.  His 24.7 points per game led the Jayhawk Conference and ranked fourth nationally, and his 51% shooting which was second best among any of the top 10 junior college scorers.

For his efforts, the 6-foot-5 guard was recently named first-team NCJAA All-American. 

Stevenson, who missed last season with a knee injury, was a honorable mention All-American as a true freshman, and he is the first Seward player in program history to ever be named NJCAA All-American twice.

His strong play led to scholarship offers from Rutgers, NC State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oregon, Cincinnati, and Ohio State among others.  Stevenson, who has taken officials visit to Texas A&M and Rutgers, has tentatively scheduled three other official visits.

"Niem is heading to Texas Tech this weekend," said Seward County SID Roy Allen.  "He then plans on visiting North Carolina State next week and Oregon next weekend.  The NC State visit isn't set in stone date-wise, but he told me yesterday they are trying to get him there mid-week.  The Oregon visit has been confirmed."

NC State was the most recent school to join the race for Stevenson.

"With NC State, their new assistant, Heath Schroyer was at UT-Martin," said Allen. "Actually, his wife was a player here and that's sort of the connection.  When he got the NC State job they got heavily involved with Niem."

As of now, Stevenson appears to be considering all suitors.

"Honestly, he's told me that he's pretty wide open," said Allen. "He's originally from the Northwest so Oregon is appealing, and he could choose to stay here in the Midwest.  I know the NC State interest has impressed him because that is the Atlantic Coast Conference and that appeals to him.

"Also, he has a good relationship with coach Beard, who is now at Texas Tech.  Coach Beard was recruiting him to Little Rock but I think Niem felt he could play at a higher level so he was intrigued when coach Beard went to UNLV for a few days before going to Texas Tech."

Stevenson played high school ball in Dallas, Texas before attending prep school in Florida, where he initially picked up an offer from Miami among others prior to ending up at Seward County.

As a redshirt sophomore, he has two years of eligibility remaining.

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