Prep standout eyes Gators

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When one door closes, another one comes open. The adage may come into play for the Florida men’s basketball team in light of sophomore guard Nick Calathes’ decision to play in Greece.

In a report in the New York Daily News, Brooklyn Lincoln guard Lance Stephenson is saying that Florida is now in play for his services.

Stephenson is a 6-foot-5, 220-pound McDonald’s All-American shooting guard. He is rated No. 7 by Scout, No. 9 by Rivals and No. 8 by ESPN. He is the all-time scoring leader in the state of New York.

He, however, has plenty of baggage. Here’s an evaluation from ESPN.com:

Stephenson does not have outstanding quickness and athleticism,
therefore he has to rely on attempting to overpower smaller guards. He
has a tendency to over-dribble at times and brings his team’s offense
to a halt when he goes into selfish-mode and hunts down shots.
Stephenson wants to get into the mid-range, where he can pull-up for
jumpers, or get all the way to the bucket for lay-ins. He has the
strength to take contact and finish at the rim when he gets into the
paint. Stephenson has a tendency to get out of control at times and
gets frustrated and will lose his cool when defenders pressure him. He
has to become a much better shooter from the perimeter and almost
shoots a set-shot from 3-point range and usually comes up short from
distance due to his lack of lift. However, once he gets it rolling, he
can score bucket after bucket by creating his own shot off the dribble.
Stephenson needs to do a much better job of using his strength on the
defensive end.

And last October, Stephenson was arrested for sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl inside his school. He was charged with a Class B misdemeanor.