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Monday / May 20.
  • Top-100 center Emmanuel Stephen commits to Arizona

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    By SAM LANCE

    Class of 2024 four-star center Emmanuel Stephen has committed to Arizona, he announced live on the 247Sports YouTube channel on Tuesday.

    Stephen — the 7-foot, 215-pound center from Dream City Christian (AZ) and the Paul George Elite AAU program — chose Arizona over his other finalists Kansas, Miami, Michigan and USC.

    “Arizona is a great place man,” Stephen said to 247Sports. “I love the city. I love the crowd. I love the coaches… I feel like I chose the right option.”

    Tommy Lloyd now has his third commitment for the 2024 class, which was already ranked top-5 nationally by On3 before the Stephen commitment.

    Stephen will join five-star power forward Carter Bryant and four-star shooting guard Jamari Phillips in Tucson. Both Bryant and Phillips are top-25 players nationally.

    Stephen has played with both Bryant and Phillips on Paul George Elite. The trio will have plenty of chemistry before touching the court at Arizona.

    Stephen is ranked the No. 84 player in the country by 247Sports and the No. 4 player in the state of Arizona.

    “[Arizona’s] getting a rim protector,” Stephen said. “This year is going to be a big year for my basketball game because I think I improved a lot during this summer. So I have to keep getting better.”

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