NCAA.com correspondent and Big Ten Network Contributor Andy Katz is well known to every college basketball fan and has been working through naming his Top-25 players in college basketball for the 2019-20 season. On Thursday, Katz released numbers ten through six and Penn State forward Lamar Stevens came in at No. 10.
Katz says that Stevens can be a double-double machine for the Nittany Lions and can help lead Penn State to the NCAA Tournament. Expectations and Penn State basketball go together like oil and water. In late May when Lamar Stevens announced he was returning for his senior season, the most cynical basketball fan became cautiously optimistic. It's with good reason as Matt Filipovits explained when he made the decision.
After Tony Carr's departure at the end of the 2017-18 season, Stevens took over as the leader of the team. Stevens came to Penn State by way of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and along with Carr, were two of head coach Pat Chambers biggest recruits. For Chambers, it's do-or-die making the NCAA tournament, but he's got the player to lead the way and college basketball has taken notice.