First team All-Big Ten selection, and leading Penn State scorer Lamar Stevens announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft on Tuesday, but will maintain his collegiate eligibility should he elect to return to the Nittany Lions. Stevens has hired an agent as well, which no longer prevents a player from returning to college.
Stevens averaged 19.9 points and 7.7 rebounds this past season for the Nittany Lions, good enough to earn first team All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches, and second team recognition from the conference media. Over his career, the Philadelphia area native has averaged 16 points, and 6.3 rebounds per game.
Penn State's 7-3 finish to the regular season was keyed in large part by the junior's efforts. He surpassed 20 points in 10 of the final 14 games, and 18 times total. All told, Stevens was in double figures for 31 of the Lions 32 games.
With Stevens in the fold, the Nittany Lions have the potential to field a solid team in 2019-20, especially if fellow junior forward Mike Watkins elects to return for his final season in Happy Valley. Guards Myles Dread, Rasir Bolton, and Jamari Walker all return, and will be joined by a freshmen class headlined by Philadelphia native Seth Lundy.