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Lamar Stevens & Tim Frazier Make History As First Penn State Alums On Same NBA Team

From wrestling to women’s volleyball to fencing to football, Penn State has historically boasted some of the most dominant and prolific athletic programs across collegiate sports. However, when it comes to success on the hardwood, memorable milestones have tended to occur at a far less frequent rate.

Since men’s basketball was first recognized as an official team in 1912, the Nittany Lions have produced just about a dozen players who ultimately reached professional status in the NBA. For reference, Duke holds a claim to 22 former players who currently suit up in the association on a nightly basis.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent signing of former Penn State point guard Tim Frazier, his 10-day deal produced a first for Nittany Lion basketball at the next level. The move paired Frazier with budding superstar and Penn State’s second all-time leading scorer, Lamar Stevens, making the tandem the first Penn State men’s basketball alumni to ever play together on the same NBA roster.

While Cleveland serves as Frazier’s ninth stop across his journeyman professional career, his stint with the Cavaliers will mark the first time teaming up with a fellow Nittany Lion since his departure from Happy Valley in 2014.

Prior to joining Cleveland’s up-and-coming core, the Houston native enjoyed success on the Orlando Magic in place of several stars who were in and out of the lineup toward the beginning of January. In a separate 10-day deal, Frazier played eight games with the franchise and established himself as a viable reserve.

Over the midseason stretch, Frazier averaged 20 minutes per contest and posted 3.7 points and 3.3 assists per matchup. His most explosive performance came against the Celtics when he totaled 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists. With seconds remaining, Frazier even converted a game-tying layup to force overtime.

Conversely, Stevens has been a steady contributor for the Cavaliers since joining the squad as an undrafted free agent last season. The Philadelphia product has seen action in 48 games for the fifth-best team in the Eastern Conference, including eight-earned starts.

Although Penn State’s former undisputed leader had been playing north of 20 minutes per outing for nearly two months, his run has since decreased to only 7.9 minutes a game throughout the February slate.

In Cleveland’s latest contest with the Timberwolves on Monday, both Frazier and Stevens saw action for the Cavaliers despite never being on the court at the same time. In four minutes, Frazier was able to score his first basket with the organization, finishing with two points and an assist in limited time.

Stevens rocked the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse floor for five minutes against Minnesota and tallied four points on 1-of-2 shooting.

The Cavaliers will take the court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 for its next date with the Charlotte Hornets. Until then, it will be seen if history can blossom even further if Frazier and Stevens are able to see action together.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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