Lamar Stevens, ladies and gentlemen!
|High School||Roman Catholic HS|
|AAU||Team Final (PA)|
Starz 'n Sheetz
Penn State does not get their pick of basketball recruits often. For nearly the entirety of their existence in modern college basketball, the Nittany Lions have had a problem sealing the deal with priority targets. That'll happen to a program that has perpetually existed in the cellar of a major conference.
Which is why the commitments of Joe Hampton, Tony Carr, and today's commit, four-star Philadelphia wing Lamar Stevens, looks like the beginning of something special. You could be forgiven for feeling cautious about Penn State's future, but this much is clear: Pat Chambers is assembling a roster with more talent than the program has ever had before.
The addition of Team Final and Roman Catholic teammates Carr and Nazeer Bostick to the class was certainly a factor in Stevens' decision to attend Penn State. Carr and Stevens intimated back in April that they would like to play together in college, and after Carr pulled the trigger back in August many thought the former Haverford star would join his friend in State College. Stevens narrowed a list of nearly 20 offers down to eight in late July, and after cancelling an official visit to Pitt, he fulfilled his end of the bargain and committed to Penn State shortly after his visit, the only official he ended up taking.
According to City of Basketball Love's scouting report, Stevens "is a tough, physical wing who excels in transition and attacking the basket." Between his relationship with Carr and Penn State's fast style of play, it's not hard to see Stevens developing into a major cog in Chambers' system. With the departures of Brandon Taylor, Donovon Jack, and Jordan Dickerson in 2016, Stevens' physical nature could even earn him some minutes at power forward in a small-ball rotation.
|1||F - Brandon Taylor||C - Julian Moore^||C - Julian Moore^||G - Isaiah Washington^|
|2||F - Donovon Jack||F - Payton Banks^||F - Payton Banks^||F - Michael Watkins|
|3||C - Jordan Dickerson||G - Shep Garner||G - Shep Garner||F - Deividas Zemgulis|
|4||G - Devin Foster||G - Terrence Samuel^||G - Terrence Samuel^||G - Josh Reaves|
|5||G - Isaiah Washington^||G - Isaiah Washington^||G - Nazeer Bostick|
|6||C - Julian Moore^||F - Michael Watkins||F - Michael Watkins||F - Joe Hampton|
|7||F - Payton Banks^||F - Deividas Zemgulis||F - Deividas Zemgulis||G - Tony Carr|
|8||G - Shep Garner||G - Josh Reaves||G - Josh Reaves||F - Lamar Stevens|
|9||G - Isaiah Washington^||G - Nazeer Bostick||G - Nazeer Bostick|
|10||F - Michael Watkins||F - Joe Hampton
||F - Joe Hampton|
|11||F - Deividas Zemgulis||G - Tony Carr||G - Tony Carr|
|12||G - Josh Reaves||F - Lamar Stevens||F - Lamar Stevens|
^Used a redshirt year