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Lance Stephenson to go PRO

http://www.zagsblog.com/2010/04/07/lance-stephenson-to-enter-nba-draft/#...

NEW YORK — After initially saying he would remain at Cincinnati for his sophomore season, Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson has decided to go the one-and-done route, SNY.tv has exclusively learned.

The 6-foot-5 guard will submit his paperwork to the NBA and plans to enter the june NBA Draft.

“I have decided to withdraw from the University of Cincinnati and enter my name into this year’s NBA draft,” Stephenson said. “After carefully reviewing my options, it is now clear to me that the need to emotionally and financially support my family, especially my young daughter, along with my long-standing and burning passion to play in the NBA, outweighs my desire to return to the University of Cincinnati.

“I want to thank the administration, the athletic department and the entire coaching staff, especially Mick Cronin and Tony Stubblefield at the University of Cincinnati, for their support and guidance over the course of this past year. It was and always will be a privilege to be a Bearcat.”

Stephenson has a 2-year-old daughter, Liara.
“My daughter’s played a big role in my life,” Stephenson previously told SNY.tv. “Ever since she came I’ve just been real focused. I take everything more serious. I’m just more mature. Having a daughter made me take everything serious and be a good father.”

Both NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com currently project Stephenson as an early second-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

“If he put his name in the draft right now, he’d still get drafted [in 2010],” Stubblefield said last month at the Big East tournament. “I think he could go anywhere from the late first round to early second, but I definitely think he would be drafted.”

Stephenson averaged 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists and earned Big East Preseason and Postseason Rookie of the Year honors. He scored a career-high 23 points in a March 6 loss at Georgetown.

Still, concerns remain about his handle, ability to shoot from outside, ability to go left and to keep the ball moving among teammates, as well as his character.

“The thing with Stephenson is he’s been all over the place,” one West Coast NBA scout. “I think he’s very, very talented. I had ambivalent feelings about his year in Cincinnati. He showed flashes of brilliance and then he would go over and play on the side just like a role player. He was used a complementary piece, not as the main man. A lot of NBA people felt he was the most talented player on that team by far.

“He went along with the game-plan and he let the older players, the juniors and seniors, kind of run the show.

“I think basically he has pretty good [shooting] form. He needs to work to perfect his stroke and if he’s coming out, that will be his job. I also thought by the end of the season, he was putting on some weight. I saw him a couple of years ago at LeBron James’ Camp and he dominated that. We heard a lot of different stories about him, but he didn’t seem to cause any problems down there at Cincinnati. Today in the NBA, 50 percent of it is scouting and 50 percent of it is background check to find out what kind of person he is.”

Stephenson initially said he “definitely” planned to remain in school another year.

“I felt like I didn’t show everybody the Lance Stephenson that everybody wanted to see, so I’m just going to come back, show everybody that I’m a winning player and that we’re going to try to win,” he said last month.

Stubblefield said there would be nothing disappointing about Lance coming back for another season, but it appears he has no plans to do so.

“I definitely think if he stays next year, he can have an opportunity to be a lottery pick,” Stubblefield said. “That depends on how hard he works and how much he improves on his game.”


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I'm surprised that he has a

I'm surprised that he has a 2 year old daughter at such a young age.
An extra year would really have helped him go mid first round IMO. But i guess the money is essential, so its probably the right choice. He'll probably get picked early second round, maybe late first if some team wants to take a risk.

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get ur money

Lance should go by da time da draft comes around and he's done wit workouts he'll be in da 1st round..he needs 2 improve on movin without da ball and 3point consistiency

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get ur money

Lance should go by da time da draft comes around and he's done wit workouts he'll be in da 1st round..he needs 2 improve on movin without da ball and 3point consistiency

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WOW

WOW

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I'm not sold on Lance as the

I'm not sold on Lance as the next big thing, I'm certain he can play at least a bench role in the NBA right now, but he certainly did everything to help his cause this year. He went to a school where he could be a main factor in their offense, stayed out of trouble, and tried to address issues about his character as was evident in his speech.

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he has a lot of potent, its

he has a lot of potent, its just his work ethic that is going to have to be constantly moving. but if money is an issue, then i guess he shood enter.

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he will be the steal of the

he will be the steal of the draft

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WHAT IS LANCE STEPHENSON THINKING???

I understand he has a 2-year old daughter and his family may be in need, but he isn't guaranteed to be a 1st round pick. What if he gets picked in the 2nd round?? I know L.Stephenson has been hyped as the 'Chosen One' from a very young age, his somewhat selfish attitude on the court led me to believe that he had the wrong kind of people influencing him would and he would turn pro before he was ready. After the season, all indications were that L.Stephenson would return to Cincinnati, I thought he had good people advising now....I WAS WRONG!!!

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IDK i think he is ready

IDK i think he is ready enough..maybe i'm not that high like iggy i guess and i'm not saying he is like P.Pierce because he would be top3-top5 pick but i really think he is closer to mid first-rounder that mid second-rounder..
the kid has size ball hadling little J little athleticism potential to be versatily player and good defender..
like for example i would probably take him over Bradley he is as good player and even better statistically plus he looks better suited as NBA player(and don't get me wrong i think Bradley is top20 pick)

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Wow, if he had a 2 year old

Wow, if he had a 2 year old son they could've gotten a chance to play in the NBA together at some point, that would be fun

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hes ready but.....

he should stay another year at cinci so that all the focus will be on him. hell be the main guy on the team in the always weak conference usa (expect memphis w/ its incoming recruits next year). he should be able to really show his skills next year and build enough buzz around himself to slide into the 2011 lottery.

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Dejuan Blair and now Lance

Dejuan Blair and now Lance Stephenson. I want Lance Stephenson in Chicago next year, playing alongside Derrick Rose. My question: Will he be ready?

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I always felt he should come

I always felt he should come back for his sophomore season because he would do very well and probably be picked in the top 20, but players are really scared about the possibility of a lockout. I wish Lance the best, and hope he succeeds in the NBA.

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imagine

imagine if the knicks drafted him?

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New York players get jerked

New York players get jerked when it comes to the NBA. Look at Omar Cook and Lenny Cooke. Lance plays and interesting style but does need two more years. He is not a polished basketball player as of right now.

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I think

I think he will go early 2nd round to a time that can give him some time to develop. I dont think he will be a stud but at worst I see him as solid role which is bad to get in 2nd round. Hope he falls to celtics in 2nd round and have him learn from pierce and Rondo.

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I think

I think he will go early 2nd round to a time that can give him some time to develop. I dont think he will be a stud but at worst I see him as solid role which is bad to get in 2nd round. Hope he falls to celtics in 2nd round and have him learn from pierce and Rondo.

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Lance Stephenson works very

Lance Stephenson works very hard, and I see him playing in the NBA with a chip on his shoulder to prove to everyone he has matured and can play with the best as well. He also has a killer instinct. If you remember in the Big East Tournament vs. West Virginia he kept Cincinnati in it hitting shots when it counted, if he wasn't doing it WVU would have blown out Cincinnati.

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I hope Lance goes to my

I hope Lance goes to my Knicks with the 1st 2nd rounder.

He will have a great career. I compared him to Micheal Finley. He has skills.

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raising a kid takes money

raising a kid takes money and the nba will give him that but i would have liked to see him come back for another year and get more well rounded, the talent (offencivly) is there.

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He is kind of like DeShawn

He is kind of like DeShawn Stephenson....Ill take him if Im the Bulls though.

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He's crazy!! That's

He's crazy!! That's it.

Dhamp2...the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.

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BIG MISTAKE

BIG MISTAKE

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If Lance is okay with

If Lance is okay with possibly going in Round 2 then he is making the right move. I do believe he will be successful where ever he goes. To have him on the Knicks would be nice, but I think he wants to be away from New York.

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Lance should've been

Lance should've been patient. He's going to likely be a rotation player as a rookie, but he's going to be an early 2nd round pick more than likely. He would've gotten the opportunity to play with the ball in his hands more because Deonta Vaughn, who struggled BADLY this year trying to figure out if he wanted to be a PG or SG, exhausted eligibility. He would likely have had the ball in his hands as much as Vaughn did if he would've return, and I think he would've put up Tyreke Evans type numbers in return. All of that would've made him a likely lotto pick and probably would've made Cincy a tourny team (they have a very long and athletic team and borderline NBA prospect in big bully Yancy Gates down low). But maybe he HAD to support his child, so no real shame in that my brethren.

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Wasn't D-Wade's son born

Wasn't D-Wade's son born while he was a freshman at Marquette? Maybe Stephenson should look into how that situation was handled rather than go pro.

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Not ready

I dont think he's ready he is a good player if he wouldve stayed another year he couldve been dominant for cincinatti and showed scouts more I understand he has a kid but what if he gets drafted in the 2nd round which is most likely to happen then not get picked up he isnt overly atheletic his jump shot isnt the best he is still kinda raw and another year of school wouldve really helped him out. But if he thinks hes ready I wish him luck.

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The fact that he has a child

The fact that he has a child should be even more of a reason why he should stay in college and give himself a better shot at being a first round pick next year. He should want to put himself in the best position to support his child long term.

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Has anybody ever seen this?

Has anybody ever seen this? I wonder if the girl in the 11th episode is the mother of his child:

http://www.bornready.tv/

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OJJ, funny you post that, I

OJJ, funny you post that, I saw it a few months back. I must say it gave me a better perspective on Lance, I don't think he is a bad guy or anything, just needed to mature. I would not be surprised if that his the mother of his child.

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Yeah, I think Lance has more

Yeah, I think Lance has more knucklehead in him than bad apple.

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MrHunter

Maybe I dont understand your post and your trying to say something different but Cincinnati is in the Big East, not conference USA.

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Cusemen727, Mr. Hunter has

Cusemen727, Mr. Hunter has probably been living in a cave to believe that Cincinnati is still in Conference USA.

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lol

lol

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