Interest Gaining for Kendall Stephens

Things are starting to get exciting for St. Charles East (St. Charles, IL) sophomore Kendall Stephens. Stephens recently received a scholarship offer from Northwestern and Wisconsin. On Friday night, Stephens led his Saints to a win over rival Geneva High School.

Kendall Stephens finished the game with 12 points on 3-5 from the field. With Geneva looking to tie the game, Stephens pulled in a rebound and hit a free throw to put the game out of reach.

The interest in the 6-5, 165-lb sophomore has continued to increase. On Friday, Stephens played in front of Purdue head coach Matt Painter, who was in attendance at Geneva. Painter traveled from West Lafayette to see the highly-touted sophomore play.

Painter is just another coach who's expressed interest in Stephens. There have been many distinguished visitors at Stephens' games including NU's Bill Carmody, Michigan's John Beilein, and coaches from Wisconsin, DePaul, and a few others.

Midway through his sophomore season, Stephens has his two offers from Northwestern and Wisconsin, and along with those two schools, he has interested in DePaul, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, and Purdue.

With his stock growing, Stephens is trying to keep it all in perspective.

"It's been going great. I've just been thankful that I got a great coach and great parents. I just try to stay humble."

Kendall's father, Everette, was a standout at Purdue in the 80's, and was taken by the 76ers in the 1988 NBA Draft.

According to St. Charles East head coach Brian Clodi, Kendall Stephens is motivated to be an even better player than his father.

"The future is so bright for him," Clodi said. "The kid is a hard worker. He was in the gym last night, and shot 900 three's last night. He shoots on average about 3000 each weekend. He wants to be better than his dad. He's driven."

The major interest in Stephens does not come as any surprise. His potential is very high, and at 6'5, and slender 165-lbs., Stephens has yet to reach his full growth. According to Coach Clodi, college coaches are immediately impressed with Stephens.

"Wisconsin's offered, Northwestern's offered, he's excited about both of those offers," Clodi said. "(Bill) Carmody saw him play one time, offered him the next day. Greg Gard from Wisconsin saw him play one time, offered him the next day. Bo Ryan has yet to see him on film. That's how much his assistants believe in him. They see his length; they know he's going to grow."

There is still a lot of room for Stephens' game to grow, but his potential is unquestioned. Still 15-years-old, coaches from around the region are traveling to see Stephens play. Saints head coach Brian Clodi knows that Kendall is a special talent.

"I get to see him daily," Clodi said of Stephens. "I love his energy, I love his work ethic, he's a winner, and I'm very fortunate to get a chance to coach a player like that. Whoever gets him is going to be really lucky."

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Scouting Report:

PurpleWildcats.com publisher Chris Emma was on hand to watch Stephens' game on Friday. Here is the scouting report.

I was courtside to watch 2013 prospect Kendall Stephens, of St. Charles East H.S. I was impressed by this kid. He didn't get many opportunities, because he only shot the ball five times, but he made plays. He's a very aggressive player, and has leadership qualities that most sophomores don't have.

Regardless, Stephens is 15-years-old, and is going to be big. He stands at 6'5, and just 165-lbs. I project he will tack on a few inches, and gain A LOT of muscle mass. He will be a power forward when he's heading to college, and he will become one of the most dominant high school players in the state of Illinois as he grows older. Kendall will be very fun to follow.


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