Photos by Kelly Kline

Originally published in SLAM 128

Here it is, 18 months later, and fans across globe have gotten a chance to watch Lance Stephenson play. The hype was set at a high level after Lance appeared with John Wall on cover of Ish 128. Did he live up to his lofty ‘Born Ready’ handle? Maybe not. The more pertinent question is: Did he need to?

Last time we checked, not many freshmen average 12.3 points and 5.4 boards per. He’ll be back next season, and that’s not a bad place to start.