Biography: Though he understands there isn't much chance of being selected high, Stephenson is forfeiting his remaining college eligibility to enter the draft. The Big East's rookie of the year averaged 12.3 points during a highly inconsistent season with Cincinnati. He likely would have significantly helped his draft stock by playing at least one more year with the Bearcats. The 19-year-old Stephenson finished the season strong, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds over the final four games, but shot under 40 percent in three of those contests, and finished at 44.0 percent for the season. Despite displaying good form on his jumpers, he struggled with his outside shot for much of the season. Stephenson shot 21.9 percent from 3-point range, and 66.4 percent from the free-throw line. An exceptional athlete, Stephenson excels at driving to the hoop. He has a quick first step, combining it with crossover dribbles and spin moves to get into the lane. Stephenson also has good court vision, but sometimes tries for the spectacular pass when a simpler one would suffice. There are also concerns about his character. Stephenson signed with the Bearcats after other schools backed off due to off-court issues. His eligibility was in question after participating in a documentary after his junior year at a Brooklyn, N.Y. high school. Stephenson averaged 28.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists during his senior season at Lincoln High School.
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