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Oh, Hello: Lamar Stevens Comes Back to Penn State for His Senior Season

The forward’s return gives Penn State the boost they so sorely needed.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Northwestern Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official: Lamar Stevens will return to the Penn State Nittany Lions for his senior season!

The academic junior spent the better part of the Spring preparing for a potential NBA Draft decision, but after working out with different teams and getting feedback, he has decided another year of refining his game will boost his chances at the draft next year.

Stevens averaged nearly 20 points per game and eight rebounds per game last season, earning him First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Stevens’ return, along with Mike Watkins’ announced return earlier this year, are undoubtedly the best pieces of offseason news to come about. Without one or the other, the Nittany Lions’ hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid would have been virtually zilch. While they will still have to find a way to replace newly-minted Iowa State Cyclone Rasir Bolton’s production next season, getting the team’s top two players with remaining eligibility to come back certainly gives them one less issue to worry about.

Lamar as you know, was part of the heralded “Roman Catholic Trio” class of 2016, which included Tony Carr. At the time, this class seemed to indicate to the basketball world that Penn State was ready to make some noise. By coming back for his final season in a Nittany Lion uniform, Lamar will still have a chance to deliver on that promise.

Welcome back to Penn State, Lamar!