Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Lance Stephenson has cut his list of potential schools down to three, according to a report in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The newspaper reports that the 6-foot-5 Stephenson of Brooklyn Lincoln is down to USC, UCLA and Kansas, although no quotes are in the story.
Stephenson has visited USC and UCLA, as well as Louisville, Seton Hall, Arkansas and Indiana. He had planned to visit Kansas for the Jayhawk Invitational and play with Derrick Favors and the Atlanta Celtics, but he did not end up making the trip.
Lance “Stretch” Stephenson was not immediately available by phone, but he previously said he and his son could make a decision by September.
“I would say by late September, or just before the season starts,” he said. “Hopefully he has everything straight by the time the season started.”
In previous interviews, Stretch said he and his son were looking “to find a nice place that’s excited about basketball but at the same time that’s cozy and secluded, which is going to be tough to find.”
“I know USC doesn’t really fit that bill because it’s another big city,” he added. “I’m talking with USC head coach Tim Floyd to see if their situation is different where they can keep everybody away from Lance and he can just concentrate on playing ball.
“I’m also in talks with Bill Self at Kansas. He was excited because he didn’t think he had a chance to get Lance. Kansas seems to be one of those places that’s a big-time program but it’s in a small market, so we’re going to give them an opportunity to talk with us and see how they do things in Kansas.”
On another Kansas note, guard Tyshawn Taylor of St. Anthony and forward Quintrell Thomas of St. Patrick are coming out on Sunday for the first session of summer school beginning on Monday, while the twins Marcus and Markieff Morris will arrive for the second session of summer school in late June/early July.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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