Lamar Stevens was ready to show the world what he could do. After an incredible season for Penn State’s basketball program, the college basketball season was shut down due to coronavirus concerns.
The announcement came on Day 2 of the B1G Tournament, with the NCAA Tournament also being canceled. Now, the Penn State star’s career with the Nittany Lions appears to be over — unless the NCAA allows a waiver for seniors to return for the following season to compete for one more year.
Stevens, who was the team’s leading scorer this season, says he was “heartbroken” after the decision, during an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt.
“After the season, after figuring out the news, I was definitely heartbroken like I said,” Stevens said. “I’ve been able to take a few days to just be with my family and friends and loved ones. After a few days, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m still grateful for my experience. It definitely hurts the way the season ended. But I had an amazing four years. I developed great relationships with coaches and teammates and friends and all types of people at Penn State. I have so much to be grateful for. It ended in a way that I didn’t want, but I still have a lot to be happy and proud of in my career.”
Penn State finished the 2019-20 season with a 21-10 record and an 11-9 mark in B1G play. It was a lock for the NCAA Tournament this year, which would’ve been the program’s first appearance since 2011.
Stevens averaged 17.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Nittany Lions.