Stephenson Has Jersey Retired at Lincoln HS
Lance Stephenson is back in his hometown this weekend for a special honor. The 22-year-old had his No. 1 jersey retired at Lincoln High School in New York Saturday evening before the school’s alumni game. A replica now hangs in the rafters (as seen above) next to Sebastian Telfair’s No. 31.
Stephenson won the city basketball championship in each of his four years at Lincoln and concluded his high school career as New York’s all-time leading scorer (2,946 points). In 2009, he was named New York’s Mr. Basketball and finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals in the McDonald’s All-American game.
Last month, Stephenson coincidentally had the best game of his career against his hometown team. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he led the Pacers with 25 points — 9-of-13 shooting, 7-of-8 at the foul line — and 10 rebounds. The win over New York propelled the Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in nine years.
Stephenson plans to be in Indianapolis most of the summer and even workout with the Pacers’ summer league squad. Last season, Stephenson started 72 regular season games and averaged 8.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game, all career highs.
“I just want to be a better player and a better teammate,” Stephenson said of next season.
Watch a short video of the ceremony below: