Stephenson's career at Cincinnati is over after signing with an agent. He would have benefited by staying one more year in the Queen City.
Some have suggested that he landed at UC because there were too many questions surrounding his recruitment. The player that was dubbed born ready is on his way to the NBA.
Citing family concerns, Stephenson has decided to enter the NBA Draft. The average fan cannot ever begin to relate to how a decision is made to enter a name into the NBA Draft.
Judging solely on his game, Stephenson should have returned to Cincinnati for his sophomore season.
Stephenson was the best player on a 18-15 team that returned all of its important players except for guard Deonta Vaughn.
Stephenson is widely considered a second-round pick. He was named the Big East's Freshman of the Year after averaging 12.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.5 APG this season.
The 6'5 guard from New York needs to work on taking care of the ball, his decision-making and shooting.
His assist to turnover ratio was only 84 to 81, and his shooting percentages were mostly abysmal. He shot 44 percent from the field, 66.6 percent from the line and made just 21.9 percent of his three-point field goals.
In his first season in college, Stephenson needed to be more assertive. If he had elected to stay a second season in the Queen City, Stephenson would have likely been one of the biggest stars in the Big East.
Depending on how successful his 2010-11 season would have gone, Stephenson might have played himself into a lottery pick. By leaving now, he would be fortunate to be picked in the first round.
If he is picked in the second round, Stephenson isn't even guaranteed a roster spot.