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.
Lamar Stevens, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward from Philly Roman Catholic, committed to Penn State on Friday.
“When I took my official up there…it was such a family environment and you could tell that they had so much confidence in me and my ability to be successful,” he told CoBL on Thursday night. “It was hard for me to turn down.”
The No. 19 small forward in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, Stevens was coming off an official visit to Penn State last weekend but also considered Indiana, Villanova and Marquette.
“He has a college-ready body with high level athleticism,” Roman Catholic coach Chris McNesby told SNY.tv. “He is very good in the open floor – runs well and finishes in transition. He can guard multiple positions on defense and rebounds very well. His jump shot is continuing to develop and become more consistent. “
Stevens joins point guard Tony Carr, small forward Nazeer Bostick and power forward Joe Hampton in coach Pat Chambers’ 2016 class.
He is pictured above with Carr and Bostick, courtesy of Aaron Carter of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
With the addition of Stevens, Penn State now has a Top 10 recruiting class, according to Scout.com.
“You see a lot of top kids from North Carolina go to N.C. State, and top kids from Michigan go to Michigan State, and I feel like we really have a good opportunity to start that at Penn State,” Stevens told COBL.com. “That’s their vision and that’s our vision too.”
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.