Entering the 2012-13 season, Memphis senior D.J. Stephens was on exactly zero draft boards. Not even remotely close. This was a 6'5" guard with excellent athletic ability and a motor that never stops, but he was averaging just 10 minutes of action in his career with the Tigers and about a bucket a game.
But look how things have changes as D.J. Stephens could find himself getting his name called on NBA Draft night. Playing 22 minutes a night, Stephens is the ultimate glue guy, a player that could fit on any NBA roster and fill any need, whether it means playing some point guard, some shooting guard or even some power forward if needed. Stephens' athletic ability and hustle allows him to average 7 points, 7 rebounds with a C-USA-leading 2.5 blocks per game coming from the 6'5" shooting guard.
But Stephens real coming out party may have just happened against Tulsa this week- in just 16 minutes of playing time, Stephens was 6-of-7 from the floor, tying a career-high with 15 points, while also logging 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
Stephens should no longer be considered a long-shot as he finds himself on plenty of Draft boards across the League.