Though he wasn't selected in the NBA Draft, Penn State great Lamar Stevens still latched on in the league and signed a two-way contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the season set to begin just before Christmas, the former Nittany Lion has just about a week's worth of preseason games to prove he belongs on the regular-season roster.
Monday's performance was a great first step towards doing just that.
First, Stevens endeared himself to the Cavaliers fans by getting called for a technical foul less than 30 seconds into his debut. Then, he showed fans what he can really do with a high-flying alley-oop finish. Stevens reached way up high with his right hand to finish the lob from Dante Exum and elicited huge cheers and celebrations from the Cleveland bench.
Stevens finished the game with 4 points on 1-2 from the floor, as well as 6 rebounds and 1 steal in his 8 minutes of game time. The two-time All-Big Ten performer surely earned himself at least a few more minutes in the next preseason game and is surely quickly becoming a fan favorite in Cleveland.
Stevens is one of just three Penn Staters to surpass 2,000 career points and is the second-leading scorer in Nittany Lion history (2,207 points).