It may have taken all year, but Lamar Stevens has earned a big honor from the Big Ten. The junior forward was named first team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches. He was a second team honoree for the conference's media members.
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Stevens finished second in the league with 19.8 points per game, trailing only Purdue's star guard Carsen Edwards (23.4). He is also top-10 in rebounds per game (7.8), and 13th in free throw percentage (76.8), all while leading the league in minutes per game (36.6).
The North Wales, PA native has been a key reason for the Nittany Lions 7-3 finish to the regular season, surpassing 20 points in nine of the last 13 games, and 17 times throughout the season. All told, he hit double figures in 30 of Penn State's 31 games this season.
Stevens is already on his way to rewriting Penn State's record book as well. His 1,636 career points already rank in the top-five in program history. He is also only the second Nittany Lion player to surpass 1,500 points in his third year.
Stevens and Penn State will return to action on Sunday evening in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament vs. Minnesota. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and air on BTN.