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.
The 6-foot-5 Stephenson is one of several high-profile players who will compete in the 2nd Annual Frankie Williams Charity Classic at the Theodore D. Young Community Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. (See game info below.)
The event is slated to feature Kevin Parrom (South Kent/Arizona), Sean Kilpatrick (White Plains HS/Cincinnati), Dante Taylor (National Christian Academy/Pittsburgh), Durand Scott (Rice/Miami), Omari Lawrence (South Kent/St John’s) and Sherrod Wright (Mt. Vernon/George Mason).
The game will also feature celebrity head coaches such as Kenny Anderson (former NBA All-Star), Tiny Morton (Lincoln High), Pee Wee Kirkland (NYC playground legend) and Danya Abrams (Greenburgh native, pro player in Spain).
It is possible Stephenson’s college decision could be delayed until after June 29, the date to which his sexual assault case was adjourned to. Stephenson’s attorney, Alberto Ebanks, continues to work to get the case dismissed or plea bargained.
The schools involved in recruiting him — Arizona, Maryland and Memphis — are waiting to see how the case pans out.
Parrom and Stephenson will team together on the White team, coached by Anderson. Parrom previously said that Stephenson would visit Arizona at some point, but no visit has been set.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller also said it was possible his program could keep its current recruiting class at three and not add a fourth player, such as Stephenson or Jarrid Famous.
South Florida head coach Stan Heath is due to meet with the 6-11 Famous of Westchester Community College today (Sunday). Heath and Famous’ father maintain that Jarrid will attend USF, while WCC assistant Mickey Carey is on record saying the player is looking to get a release.
If Famous were to get a release, Arizona might be one possible destination.
“It’s about building a program that can return to dominance and do all the things we’ve watched Arizona do for not five years, but 25 years,” Miller told the Arizona Daily Star. “My philosophy in doing that is thinking longer and bigger than just one season.”
Game info: Gametime is 7:30pm. TDYCC is located on 32 Manhattan Ave in Greenburgh.
Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 13. Doors open at 6:30pm.
All proceeds will go to the Frankie Williams Foundation for the development of Grassroots Basketball.
Additional information is available at www.frenji.com and www.frenji.com/frankiewilliamsfoundation.
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.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.