Athlete of the Week
by Jon Wagner
Feb 26, 2009 | 2578 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
He has been garnering attention since he was in middle school and he is coveted by several major Division I college programs, but Abraham Lincoln guard Lance Stephenson also became the leading scorer New York state high basketball school history while leading his top-seeded Railsplitters to a Brooklyn Borough playoff championship on February 15th.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior guard, an 18-year-old MacDonald’s All-American scored game-highs in all three rounds of the tournament.

He scored 50 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 113-78 quarterfinal dominance of eighth-seeded FDR on February 10th. Two nights later, Stephenson posted 46 points and 15 rebounds to oust fourth-seeded East New York Transit Tech, 91-67, in the semifinals. In the finals, second-seeded Thomas Jefferson “contained” Stephenson, “limiting” him to 23 points and 11 rebounds in Lincoln’s 81-61 title-clinching victory, marking the fifth straight Brooklyn Borough playoff championship for Lincoln and the fourth in four years for Stephenson as a Railsplitter.

Stephenson finished the title game with 2,808 career points, breaking fellow Coney Island native Sebastian Telfair’s New York State scoring record of 2,785 points.

The quick and powerful phenom is rumored to stay local to help resurrect St. John’s program, but he’s also considering Maryland, Kansas, Memphis, and USC.

Before that however, Stephenson remains focused on winning another city title. The phenom has already won three PSAL Class AA city championships, and he has always wanted to become the first player ever to win four New York City titles. Given all he’s accomplished thus far, this week’s Athlete Of The Week just might add that achievement as one final record to close a remarkable high school career.

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