After leading Penn State to a regular-season record of 21-10 (11-9), Penn State forward Lamar Stevens was named a First Team All-Big Ten performer by both the coaches and the media. Stevens was also named to the first team in 2018-19 by the coaches.
Stevens may be averaging slightly fewer points than he did a year ago when he put up 19.9 per game, but he has arguably become a more well-rounded player, particularly on the defensive end. Heading into the Big Ten Tournament, Stevens is averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. His assists, blocks, and steals figures are all career-highs.
The Nittany Lion senior was one of four players to be selected by both the coaches and media, along with Iowa's Luka Garza, Maryland's Jalen Smith, and Michigan State's Cassius Winston. Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu was also chosen by the media, and Maryland's Anthony Cowan by the coaches.
Stevens ranked fourth in the conference in scoring this season, behind Garza, Minnesota's Daniel Oturu, and Winston.
Stevens will look to finish off his Penn State career in style, with the Lions set to face the winner of Indiana and Nebraska in round two of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. The senior will also finally have the chance to show off his game and make good on this first-team selection on a national stage later this month in the NCAA Tournament.