Posted On: 06/12/18 3:04 PM
Over the last decade or two, the game of basketball has taken on a completely new look. Throughout the changes, one valuable characteristic when evaluating a player has remained important and that is the ability to put the ball in the basket at an efficient rate. 2020 Wilson guard Dimingus Stevens does that on a regular basis.
In fact, Stevens has witnessed his recruitment pick up in the past month or so because of his improvement at scoring at all three levels. He’s always been labeled as a scorer, but now standing 6-foot-5 and ability to score off the catch and off the dribble, programs are starting to take notice.
Playing for Team Takeover’s 16U EYBL squad, Stevens is challenged on the regular by some of the best players in his class and it’s overflowing into overall team success.
“We’ve had a lot of practices and every single one is really intense and it has paid off considering we are the number two team going into Peach Jam,” Stevens told Prep Hoops. “I’ve been focusing on my defense this spring. A lot of people tried to say that’s the weak spot in my game, but I’m playing well and changing their minds.”
When watching Stevens, you can tell there’s more of a commitment to that end of the floor. He moves laterally well and with his length and athleticism, he has the tools to contest many different types of shots.
This upcoming season, Stevens will play a valuable role on a loaded Wilson squad that features players such as Makhi Mitchell, Makhel Mitchell and Jay Heath. A year after winning both the DCIAA and DCSAA championships, they’ll be a heavy favorite with the addition of the Mitchell twins.
“They can do a little bit of everything,” said Stevens when reflecting on the Mitchell twin’s game. “They can bring the ball up, they can shoot, they pretty much do everything a guard can except they’re 6-foot-9.”
Stevens has been a standout thus far at the Capitol Hoops Summer League. While he’s been putting up crooked numbers in the scoring column, his focuses are elsewhere in terms of improvement.
“I want to average like seven rebounds per game and up my steals per game,” Stevens said. “Not off cheating either, just playing solid help side defense.”
Most recently, he was named as a standout at the Nike Elite 100 from our Scott Burgess. To read his write up on Stevens and others, click here.
His high level of play caught the eye of the University of Maryland, and the Terps responded by offering the 2020 bucket-getter. Stevens also told Prep Hoops that he holds offers from Tulane, JMU and George Mason.
— Adam Ayalew (@AyalewAdam) May 1, 2018