Lance Stephenson has picked the college he would like to attend next season, but the rest of the world will have to wait until April 1st at the McDonald’s All American game to find out where he has chosen to suit up for in the fall. The 6-5 shooting guard said in a press conference at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, in anticipation to Saturday’s PSAL Championship at the World’s Most Famous Arena, that he already has made up his mind as to what school he wants to attend but said he won’t announce it until he gets to Miami for the McDonald’s All American game. The Brooklyn native is down to his final three, St. John’s, Kansas, and Maryland, with the Terrapins being sort of a long shot.
Stephenson is considered a top three player nationwide for the 2009 class, and along with John Wall, is one of two blue-chip players who have yet to commit. He doesn’t want his decision to be leaked and therefore not even his own high school coach knows where he is headed to. His Lincoln team will be taking on JFK from the Bronx on Saturday afternoon at The Garden for the PSAL city title. It was first believed that Stephenson would make his college announce after the game on Saturday at MSG but he said that he would probably be too emotional to even speak about college at the time. You may be asking yourself why too emotional. Well, if Stephenson and the Lincoln Railsplitters win the City Championship on Saturday then he will rewrite the history books by becoming the first player in NYC history to win a city title in all of his four years in high school. He would pass another Lincoln alumnus, Sebastian Telfair (Minnesota Timberwolves), won three city titles with the Railsplitters during his high school days. Stephenson already passed Telfair’s New York State scoring record earlier this year to become the state’s new all-time scoring leader. Telfair’s cousin, Stephon Marbury (Boston Celtics), also attended Lincoln. Stephenson, Telfair, and Marbury are all from the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, NY, where talented guards seem hard not to find.
Tomorrow will be Lincoln’s eight straight year playing at the Garden for the PSAL title, having won six of the last seven. That one loss came in to 2005 to no one other than JFK.