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Penn State Basketball: Lamar Stevens To Return For Senior Season

by on May 29, 2019 7:15 PM

Penn State rising senior forward Lamar Stevens will return for his final season of eligibility, he announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Stevens' decision came just five hours before the deadline for players to decide whether they will officially forgo their remaining eligibility for the NBA Draft or return to school after exploring their professional stock.

Stevens said following Penn State's 2018-19 season that he would explore the NBA Draft and had retained an agent. New NCAA rules permit basketball players to hire an agent for this process without becoming ineligible.

Over the past several weeks Stevens has had workouts with teams like the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Hornets, among others. Despite the mild interest, Stevens did not receive an invitation to the NBA Combine or G League Combine for lower profile prospects.

His returns marks what could very well be a make or break season for Pat Chambers and his staff as the Nittany Lions return big man Mike Watkins as well as guards Myles Dread and Jamari Wheeler. Wednesday's news comes just 24 hours after the official decision by former Penn State freshman guard Rasir Bolton to transfer to Iowa State.

Penn State welcomes freshmen Seth Lundy, Patrick Kelly and Abdou Tsimbila to campus this summer while transfer shooting guard Izaiah Brockington will become eligible to play after sitting out a season due to NCAA rules following his departure from St. Bonaventure.

The Nittany Lions will not be short on challenges in 2019 as they face Georgetown, Bucknell, Yale, Alabama, and two of the three teams in a grouping of Syracuse, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State as part of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off in Brooklyn. Several other out of conference games have yet to be released.

What comes next for Penn State basketball is an always present question, but with the services of Stevens inside the Bryce Jordan Center for one more year, the potential is certainly there. Only time will tell if that potential becomes reality.

“I want to finish what I started in Happy Valley,” Stevens said on a conference call Wednesday night. “We can really accomplish something this year.”

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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