Utah State Inks Junior College Point Guard

Utah State Inks Junior College Point Guard

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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Tuesday the signing of Desmond Stephens (Bloomington, Ind.) to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2007-08 season. The 5-9, 150-pound guard just completed his sophomore season at Southeastern Illinois Junior College in Harrisburg, Ill., and will have two years of eligibility with Utah State.

"The addition of Desmond Stephens to our basketball program is exciting in many ways," said Morrill. "As a point guard he stretches the defense with his shooting ability, he can penetrate and make plays off the dribble, and he brings high character to the floor. Desmond has been well coached and comes from a quality junior college program. He also has been raised by parents who have taught him well and given him the values needed for success."

As a sophomore at Southeastern Illinois, Stephens earned first-team all-region honors as he averaged 17.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, while shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 51.6 percent from three-point range, and 75.2 percent from the free throw line.

During his sophomore season, Stephens scored in double-figures 23 times, including 12 20-point games as he led the Falcons to a 24-6 record. On the year, he scored a season-high 29 points twice, and had a season-high eight assists twice.

"I am really excited about going to Utah State," said Stephens, "and I love winning so it suits me perfectly. I think I will fit in well both academically and on the court, and I want to do whatever I can to help the team win and get to the NCAA Tournament."

Stephens spent his freshman season at Olney Central College in Olney, Ill., where he averaged 12.1 points per game. He prepped at Bloomington South High School in Bloomington, Ind., where he was an Indiana Junior All-Star and a Indiana Top-40 candidate.

"Desmond is a very, very quick point guard who is also a very good shooter," said Southeastern Illinois head coach Todd Franklin. "I think Desmond's ability to shoot the ball really separates himself from the other small point guards in the country. He likes to win and plays extremely hard, so I see no reason why he won't fit in at Utah State."

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