NCAA: UNC's Alex Stepheson to Transfer

Matt SmithSenior Analyst IMay 16, 2008

Rising UNC junior power forward Alex Stepheson will transfer from the North Carolina basketball family after asking for a release from the program due to a family illness.

It has been rumored since last season that Stepheson would transfer from North Carolina after he missed a couple of games last season to return home when his father was sick.

Stepheson, originally from Los Angeles, California, scored 237 points and grabbed 252 rebounds in his two seasons with the Tar Heels. 

He was named defensive player of the game twice this season, both coming in the Heel's NCAA tournament games against the Arkansas Razorbacks and Washington State Cougars.

"My family is dealing with some health challenges at this time and as a result I have made the decision to transfer to be closer to home," said Stephenson. 

"I wish to thank the UNC fans for all their support and encouragement. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to be a Tar Heel and I wish the program the best in the future."

It has not been reported what schools Stepheson is now interested in and where he may end up playing his last two years of college basketball.  Which ever school he ends up with will be getting a player with a lot of upside and potential going into the future.