Knows how to use his strength when attacking the basket
Great play-making abilities
Good rebounder for a wing player
Shot selection is questionable at times
Very inconsistent from beyond the arc
Needs to make more of a commitment on the defensive end
Dribbles too much in one-on-one situations
Tends to gets rattled if things aren't going his way during the course of a game
Stands around too much on offense if the ball isn't in his hands
Summary: Nicknamed "Born Ready," Stephenson failed to live up to the lofty expectations put on him when he arrived at Cincy. Early in the season, I had him as a late-lottery pick based on his natural ability and potential, but he just didn't put it all together in his freshman year as he still has plenty of maturing to do both mentally and as a player. He is reportedly leaning toward returning to school and that would be the wise decision since he would have no guarantee of being a first-round pick.
Player Comparison: Isaiah Rider Rider was a tremendous natural talent who just never truly panned up in the NBA. Stephenson is loaded with natural ability and like Rider, uses it like a switch where he can seemingly turn his game "on" or "off" in the blink of the eye. Three-point shooting was never a strength of Rider's and it's something Stephenson needs to work on before he takes the step to the next level.
For the LAST TIME. Byron Maxwell has been VERY good this year and is having his best season of his career can we stop with the horrendous and embarrassing narrative that he's been up and down or bad. He's been the best player on our freaking team for last 7 weeks.