Lamar Stevens Withdraws from the NBA Draft and Will Return to Penn State

By RLR Staff on May 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm
Jan 19, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Lamar Stevens (11) reacts after scoring during the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports
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Lamar Stevens is back. Six weeks after announcing he was making himself eligible for June's NBA Draft, Penn State's leading scorer has withdrawn from consideration, and will return to Happy Valley for his senior season. 

Stevens averaged 19.9 points and 7.7 rebounds over last season, both of which led the Nittany Lions. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Big Ten first team by the league's coaches, and second team from the media. He was especially potent down the stretch, scoring 20 or more points in 10 of the season's final 14 games. All told, Stevens surpassed 20 points 18 different times over the season, and scored in double figures in 31 of Penn State's 32 games. His return gives head coach Patrick Chambers one of the preseason favorites for the Big Ten's Player of the Year.

Stevens joins fellow senior Mike Watkins, who announced his return late last month, to  give Patrick Chambers one of the most experienced front courts in the Big Ten. While freshman guard Rasir Bolton has announced his transfer to Iowa State, Jamari Wheeler and Myles Dread will both return to the team, and be joined by a freshman class headlined by Philadelphia native Seth Lundy, and St. Bonaventure transfer Izaiah Brockington. 

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