Posted on: April 7, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: April 7, 2010 11:53 am
Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson said last month that he planned to return to school.
Those plans have changed.
The former New York high school star will now enter the NBA Draft, UC officials announced Wednesday morning. Stephenson won't "test" the process like many college players are doing -- among them Texas' Avery Bradley and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney -- and leave open the possibility of withdrawing from the draft by the May 8 deadline. He is in, for better or worse, and will likely sign with an agent soon.
Stephenson averaged 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.
He's a likely second-round pick, at best, because of questions about his ability and character.
Meantime, the mother of Xavier star Jordan Crawford announced that her son is entering the NBA Draft via her Twitter account Wednesday morning. Unlike Stephenson, Crawford has no plans to immediately hire an agent. He'll way for feedbak from NBA officials before making a final decision.
Crawford averaged 20.5 points and 4.7 rebounds this season.
He's a possible first-round pick.
Posted on: November 5, 2009 5:33 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2009 10:38 pm
The NCAA has cleared Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson to play immediately, UC coach Mick Cronin told CBSSports.com on Thursday afternoon.
"Clear," Cronin texted to CBSSports.com. "No games."
Stephenson came off the bench Thursday night and made 4-of-14 shots in the Bearcats' 86-58 exhibition victory over Saginaw Valley State. He finished with nine points and four rebounds in 18 minutes. Earlier this week, CBSSports.com named Stephenson, a 6-foot-5 guard, the Big East Preseason Newcomer of the Year. He'll make his national television debut on Nov. 23 when the Bearcats play Vanderbilt in the Maui Invitational.
Posted on: July 11, 2009 2:12 pm
Cincinnati signee Lance Stephenson pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Friday, effectively ending the sexual assault case that plagued the McDonald All-American's recruitment and reputation.
Stephenson was accused of groping a 17-year-old girl during an incident last October and was facing up to six months in jail on the misdemeanor sexual assault charge. But with the plea, he will now be asked to perform just three days of community service and undergo counseling, according to the New York Daily News .
"We just want to move on and think about college," Stephenson's father, Lance Stephenson Sr., told the New York Daily News . "We're happy to be able to move on."
Stephenson is the state of New York's all-time leading scorer.
Whether the NCAA will clear him to compete as a freshman remains unclear.
Posted on: June 30, 2009 7:01 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2009 7:05 pm
Posted on: June 29, 2009 10:21 am
Edited on: June 29, 2009 10:47 am
I will be out this week to recharge in advance of the July recruiting period.
Actually, that's not true.
I will be out this week, but not necessarily to recharge. It's just that CBS is nice enough to give us paid vacations -- as opposed to the unpaid vacations some newspaper friends are forced to take -- and this week (i.e., the week after the NBA Draft) is a good week because this week is typically slow. In fact, the only nationally relevant thing that can be anticipated is that Lance Stephenson might commit to Cincinnati.
He visited UC this weekend.
The McDonald's All-American (whose sexual assault case was adjourned Monday morning until July 15) could commit to Cincinnati later this week -- at which point a likely NCAA investigation will start being planned and talk radio hosts will begin to ask why UC was willing to take Stephenson when so many other schools (Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, etc.) were not.
It should be fun stuff.
But I'll never know because, like I said, I'll be out this week.
I'll return July 6 at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio.
My complete July schedule looks like this:
July 6-7: LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio
July 8-9: King City Classic in Cleveland, Ohio
July 12-15: Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
July 22-26: Adidas Super 64 /Reebok Summer Championships /The Main Event in Las Vegas
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Posted on: June 16, 2009 2:00 am
Just hours after Greivis Vasquez announced he is returning to Maryland for his senior season, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Barker reported that the Terrapins are no longer pursuing Class of 2009 standout Lance Stephenson.
This is worth noting because last month Stephenson's father said it was down to Arizona and Maryland.
But Arizona's Sean Miller hasn't been interested in weeks.
And now Maryland is out of the equation, too.
Which means Stephenson almost certainly holds the McDonald's All-American record for public shuns. Honest to God, I'm not sure there's ever been such a radioactive talent in the history of college basketball recruiting. On one hand, it's hilarious. But on the other hand, it's just sad and shameful that the Stephenson family allowed things to get to a point where countless colleges are so worried about a possible NCAA investigation that they don't believe it's worth it to take a consensus top 10 prospect.
Seriously, how silly does BornReady.TV look now?
Born ready for what, exactly?
A year overseas?
Man, I tell you, some irresponsible adults have sure messed up this kid's immediate future.
Like I said, sad and shameful.
Posted on: June 10, 2009 10:21 am
Edited on: June 10, 2009 10:22 am
I touched on Lance Stephenson in my column about Tim Floyd , pointed out that it's widely believed that the school that ultimately takes the New York star will be at risk of a similar NCAA investigation. Among the schools I initially listed as still involved with Stephenson were Maryland, Arizona, Memphis and Florida. But a source close to the Florida program told me this morning that the Gators are no longer pursuing Stephenson.
"[There's a) zero (percent) chance we take him," the source said.
And when you consider that Arizona's Sean Miller also seems skeptical, that leaves Maryland and Memphis as the lone schools still believed to be genuinely open to taking Stephenson, although sources close to the Memphis progam have long insisted Josh Pastner and his staff do not have a good feeling for where they stand, don't really know what's happening with Stephenson or what he's thinking.
Stephenson never plays in college.
Just like I'm assuming Renardo Sidney never plays in college, either.
And truth be told, that'll probably be what's best for everybody involved.
Posted on: October 20, 2008 12:41 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2008 12:44 pm
The part I can't figure out about the Lance Stephenson story is the quote from the lawyer, Alberto Ebanks.
"I've seen this young man grow up, known him for a long time," Ebanks told the New York Daily News, "and I think he's incapable of committing this kind of offense,"
That means Ebanks is suggesting that Stephenson is incapable of groping a 17-year-old girl's breasts and buttocks through her clothes, and I just don't know many high school boys who are incapable of that. The problem for Stephenson, of course, is that he allegedly did it without the permission of the 17-year-old girl, which is what got him charged with misdemeanor sexual assault this weekend. And though it's unlikely we'll ever know exactly what happened, there is no denying it's a setback for the troubled hoops prodigy who just can't seem to get out of his own way (remember Stephenson was suspended last season for fighting a teammate).
From a talent standpoint, Stephenson has few peers.
He's been a star in New York City since his freshman year, played O.J. Mayo tough in his national coming out party a few summers ago, has led Lincoln High in Brooklyn to three city championships and developed into a consensus Top 10 national recruit. Despite all that, the list of high-major schools seriously recruiting Stephenson has dwindled to St. John's and a select few, which is a sign that more than one coach has looked at Stephenson and basically decided that having him on campus isn't worth the trouble.
In a perfect world, Stephenson would've spent his senior year of high school proving everybody wrong.
That was supposed to be the plan.
But he instead got arrested before his season even started.
So now everybody's concerns have been confirmed and enhanced.