17 Auto Racer, Concord, N.C.
ACHIEVEMENTS Competing in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Logano won three
of his first four races this spring, including a 2.5-second victory over Nextel
Cup driver Kevin Harvick at the Featherlite Coaches 200, where they swapped the
lead 15 times. Raised in Middletown, Conn., Logano signed a seven-year contract
with Joe Gibbs Racing in September 2005 and is in its driver development
Mark Martin. Since seeing Logano race when he was 11, Martin, with 35 career
wins, has served as his mentor.
"It comes so naturally to him," says Mike McLaughlin, who coaches in
Gibbs's developmental program. "He just needs more experience."
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by 2010. Logano figures he's at least three years away, but McLaughlin thinks
he could race when he reaches the NASCAR minimum age of 18.
two-time All- New York City selection, the 6' 6", 205-pound Stephenson has
led Lincoln High to two straight public school city championships and this
year's state title. Stephenson, rated as high as the No. 2 recruit in the class
of 2009, averaged 24.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a
Kobe Bryant. Though it's tempting to compare Stephenson with Lincoln point
guard alums Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair, his size and scoring ability
are more Kobe-esque. "I'm watching YouTube, other games and players to see
what I can do better," says Stephenson. "If it is something new, then I
like to try it."
"Ball handling is the next thing for him to conquer," says coach Dwayne
Morton. "Once he gets the handle set, he'll be dangerous."
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2010. Stephenson should have his pick of colleges--there's no front-runner
yet--but his game and body will be NBA-ready after just one year.