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LANCE STEPHENSON JR. (born September 5, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He attended Lincoln High School in the Coney Island
Coney Island
section of Brooklyn. Stephenson won city basketball championships in all four years of high school, and is New York State 's all-time leading scorer in high school basketball. He was named Mr. New York Basketball
Basketball
after his senior year and appeared in the 2009 McDonald\'s All-American Game . He was drafted with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA
NBA
draft by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
and played for the franchise until signing with the Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
in 2014. After three years splitting time with the Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
, Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
, New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
and Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
, Stephenson returned to the Pacers in March 2017.

CONTENTS

* 1 High school career * 2 Recruiting * 3 College career

* 4 Professional career

* 4.1 Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
(2010–2014)

* 4.1.1 2010–11 season * 4.1.2 2011–12 season * 4.1.3 2012–13 season * 4.1.4 2013–14 season

* 4.2 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
(2014–2015) * 4.3 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(2015–2016) * 4.4 Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
(2016) * 4.5 New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
(2016) * 4.6 Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
(2017) * 4.7 Return to Indiana (2017–present)

* 5 NBA
NBA
career statistics

* 5.1 Regular season * 5.2 Playoffs

* 6 Personal life * 7 Legal issues * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER

Stephenson first caught the attention of scouts at age 12, when Clark Francis, a talent evaluator, saw him play at Rumble in the Bronx AAU tournament. And before his first year of high school, he attended the Adidas ABCD Camp, where he challenged O. J. Mayo
O. J. Mayo
to a one-on-one game.

In the summer of 2005, Stephenson enrolled at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School , but he only attended the school for three days, before the school lost in the championship game of a youth league and he did not win the tournament MVP. The following week, Stephenson did not return to classes at Bishop Loughlin, and was attending Abraham Lincoln High School near his home in Coney Island
Coney Island
. National Basketball
Basketball
Association players Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbury
, Sebastian Telfair
Sebastian Telfair
, and future Seton Hall University star Isaiah Whitehead had also attended and played basketball at Lincoln High. Head coach Dwayne Morton said, "{Stephenson} always talked about outdoing Sebastian, outdoing Stephon,", and called him "The best I've ever had at Lincoln." Stephenson went on to lead the Railsplitters to the city title that year.

Lincoln High repeated as champions his sophomore and junior years, while Stephenson won back-to-back Player of the Year honors from the New York Daily News
New York Daily News
. As a sophomore, he was the youngest player featured in the movie Gunnin\' for That No. 1 Spot , which followed eight high school basketball prospects. In 2007 as a high school junior he was named to the annual USA Today
USA Today
's All-USA boys basketball team, the only non-senior to be given that honor.

In July 2008, Stephenson tried out for the United States national team 's under-18 team, but was cut because of chemistry reasons.

On February 15, 2009, Stephenson passed fellow Lincoln High School alumnus Telfair's previous record of 2,785 points in the Brooklyn borough title game to become the all-time leading scorer for high school basketball in New York State
New York State
. In March 2009, Stephenson led Lincoln High to an unprecedented fourth consecutive Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) class AA championship. Stephenson scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 78–56 final win against John F. Kennedy , and helped Lincoln become the first school in city history to win four straight titles.

Stephenson's high school career ended in the New York State semifinal, where Rice High School beat Lincoln 77–50, and Stephenson was held to 12 points by Rice's Durand Scott
Durand Scott
, who also beat out Stephenson for the Daily News' New York City player of the year honor. He ended his career with 2,946 points.

In April 2009, Stephenson played in the McDonald\'s All-American Game , finishing with 12 points, six assists and three steals.

RECRUITING

In early 2009, Stephenson chose Kansas , St. John\'s and Maryland as his finalists, but he canceled two announcements, and his father said that he had narrowed his choice to Maryland and Arizona .

His official visit to Maryland in February came under scrutiny after he was given a tour of the Under Armour
Under Armour
headquarters during his visit. This may have constituted a recruiting violation, as Under Armour
Under Armour
CEO Kevin Plank
Kevin Plank
is a Maryland graduate and on the university's board of trustees, and by NCAA
NCAA
rules, "representative of the institution's athletics interests" or a booster .

Stephenson initially told reporters he would announce which college he would be attending following the PSAL title game in March, but delayed the announcement until the McDonald\'s All-American Game on April 1, saying, "I already know where I'm going. This is not the right place ." On March 31, Stephenson, who had been expected to commit to Kansas during the All-American game's media event, instead announced that he would delay the announcement again.

In April 2009, another top recruit Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry
, who had been released from his commitment to Memphis after coach John Calipari left to take the Kentucky job, announced he would play for Kansas. Because Henry's commitment put Kansas at the 13-scholarship limit under NCAA rules, it ruled out a scholarship offer for Stephenson.

On May 20, the last day of the late signing period, Stephenson had not signed a letter of intent, but his father Lance Sr. told USA Today that he would not make a decision until his sexual assault case from October was resolved. The day before, a judge had adjourned his case until June 29.

On June 30, Andy Katz of ESPN.com
ESPN.com
reported that Stephenson signed a financial aid agreement with the University of Cincinnati , and he joined the Bearcats for the 2009–10 season.

COLLEGE CAREER

Questions remained over Stephenson's eligibility because of his involvement in his documentary, but on November 6, 2009, the NCAA cleared him to play in Cincinnati's season opener against Prairie View A in his first game in three months, he hit his first two shots and scored six points, grabbed two rebounds and had an assist in his first eight-minute shift. On February 14, 2017, in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers , Stephenson suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain. On March 8, 2017, after recovering from the injury, Stephenson signed a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves. On March 18, the Timberwolves decided not to sign Stephenson for the rest of the season.

RETURN TO INDIANA (2017–PRESENT)

On March 30, 2017, Stephenson signed with the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
, returning to the franchise for a second stint. On April 2, 2017, in a 135–130 double overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
, Stephenson scored four points and committed five fouls in 18 minutes of his first game since returning to Indiana.

NBA
NBA
CAREER STATISTICS

LEGEND

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game

FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw
Free throw
percentage

RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game

BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high

REGULAR SEASON

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2010–11 Indiana 12 0 9.6 .333 .000 .786 1.5 1.8 .3 .0 3.1

2011–12 Indiana 42 1 10.5 .376 .133 .471 1.3 1.1 .5 .1 2.5

2012–13 Indiana 78 72 29.2 .460 .330 .652 3.9 2.9 1.0 .2 8.8

2013–14 Indiana 78 78 35.3 .491 .352 .711 7.2 4.6 .7 .1 13.8

2014–15 Charlotte 61 25 25.8 .376 .171 .627 4.5 3.9 .6 .1 8.2

2015–16 L.A. Clippers 43 10 15.8 .494 .404 .700 2.5 1.4 .6 .1 4.7

2015–16 Memphis 26 3 26.6 .474 .355 .815 4.4 2.8 .7 .2 14.2

2016–17 New Orleans 6 0 27.0 .473 .100 .625 3.3 4.8 .3 .2 9.7

2016–17 Minnesota 6 0 11.2 .476 .000 .500 1.7 .8 .0 .0 3.5

2016–17 Indiana 6 0 22.0 .409 .625 .667 4.0 4.2 .5 .3 7.2

Career 358 189 24.8 .451 .307 .690 4.1 3.0 .7 .1 8.7

PLAYOFFS

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2012 Indiana 4 0 3.0 .222 .500 .500 .0 .3 .0 .0 1.5

2013 Indiana 19 19 35.4 .408 .281 .622 7.6 3.3 1.2 .1 9.4

2014 Indiana 19 19 37.1 .455 .358 .714 6.9 4.2 .8 .2 13.6

2016 Memphis 4 0 23.8 .523 .400 .800 1.5 1.8 .3 .0 13.0

2017 Indiana 4 0 26.8 .509 .389 .750 5.3 2.8 .5 .0 16.0

Career 50 38 31.8 .446 .333 .680 6.0 3.2 .8 .1 11.2

PERSONAL LIFE

Stephenson is the son of Lance Sr. and Bernadette Stephenson. He has a younger brother named Lantz.

Stephenson received his "Born Ready" nickname from Bobbito García , a courtside announcer at Rucker Park
Rucker Park
, in the summer of 2006 during a game against older players. Stephenson had just played in a youth all-star game as the only rising sophomore out of the 24 top high school players in the nation, and the adult game that followed was a player short. Garcia said, "I'd seen him go up against seasoned NBA veterans, seasoned college cats, high school kids two or three years older than he was, and he was always reppin', so I just called it. He's Born Ready." Stephenson tattooed the nickname on his right biceps, and also allowed a video crew to document his life for an online reality show titled "Born Ready".

LEGAL ISSUES

In January 2008, Stephenson was suspended from school for five days and missed two games following an altercation with a teammate. In October that year, he was arrested for groping a 17-year-old inside the school. He faced a Class B misdemeanor sexual assault charge, and his parents ended the "Born Ready" reality show following the arrest.

On August 15, 2010, Stephenson was arrested for third-degree assault after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. The case was eventually dismissed.

SEE ALSO

* National Basketball
Basketball
Association portal

REFERENCES

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