Penn State men’s basketball junior forward Lamar Stevens has been invited to participate in the 2018 Nike Basketball Academy Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 8-12 in Los Angeles, Calif.
“This is an amazing opportunity to represent Penn State basketball and myself, and I am honored to be selected for the Nike Basketball Academy,” said Stevens in a press release. “Just as important as what I will learn and how my game will develop with this experience, is what I will be able to contribute to my team when I return.”
In 2015, Nike combined its positional skills camps and launched a new format with training, a combine experience, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions, and 5-on-5 competition. Stevens is one of approximately 20 of the nation’s elite collegiate players selected to participate in the prestigious event in Los Angeles.
Named the Most Outstanding Player for the 2018 NIT, Stevens started every game for the Nittany Lions in his two-year career (72 games) and led Penn State in scoring average during NIT postseason play with 19.2 points per game. He scored a game-best 28 points in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. He reached the 1,000 career point mark in the first quarter, becoming only the second Nittany Lion sophomore to achieve that milestone.
From North Wales, Pennsylvania, Stevens achieved double figures in scoring in 33 games in his sophomore year, including 11 of the last 12 games of the season.
“We’re proud of what we accomplished last year as a team and this invitation for Lamar is a testament to his development and hard work throughout the season,” said coach Patrick Chambers. “Lamar will have the opportunity to learn from some of the NBA’s best and he’ll benefit from that instruction.”