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Lamar Stevens Earns Big Ten Freshman Of The Week Honors

Penn State basketball star freshman Lamar Stevens had a banner pair of games that helped the Nittany Lions grab two key wins as the regular season winds down. He’s the second Nittany Lion to earn the award — joining fellow forward Mike Watkins.

Stevens, who tallied 25 points in an upset against then-No. 21 Maryland and 21 points in a road victory over Illinois, has enjoyed the month of February as a whole. Pat Chambers made it clear coming into the season that he would be leaning heavily on his freshmen. Upon first glance of Stevens’ game logs, Chambers kept his word; Stevens played 32 and 36 minutes, respectively, in each of Penn State’s past two games.

As Stevens’ scoring average climbs — he’s up to 12.3 ppg — it’s evident he’s becoming more accustomed to the various nuances of the college game. His mid-range game — which many questioned at the beginning of the year — is growing to be a consistent weapon in his arsenal. His confidence from beyond the arc has skyrocketed along with his overall shooting figures; after going 18 games prior to Penn State’s triple overtime thriller against Indiana without attempting a single three-point shot, Stevens is 5-10 from three-point land over the last four games.

This award is a testament to his growth this season and in turn represents something of a gift for the Nittany Lions as a whole. The team is in the NIT hunt, but needs to finish out the year strong if it’s to keep that spot — or have any hope for a Big Ten Tournament run. Lamar Stevens is playing some of his best basketball at the most opportune time, and that’s something everybody can celebrate.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

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