Student-Athlete Spotlight

Shooting guard travels, but not on court

Junior drives far to attend school of choice

Posted 1/12/19

It takes Bryson Stephens more than 30 minutes to get to school each day and about the same amount of time or more to get home after basketball practice. Stephens is a junior shooting guard at …

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Student-Athlete Spotlight

Shooting guard travels, but not on court

Junior drives far to attend school of choice

Posted

It takes Bryson Stephens more than 30 minutes to get to school each day and about the same amount of time or more to get home after basketball practice.

Stephens is a junior shooting guard at Arapahoe High School but does not live in the school district.

“It takes about 30 minutes to get to school,” he explained. “It's a pretty long drive. Yeah, I spend a lot of time in the car. I live by George Washington High School. I went to George Washington my freshman year and transferred here my sophomore year.”

Stephens saw action in two games for the Patriots as a freshman and has become a leader for the Warriors this season after a year off from varsity action.

“I've been playing basketball since I was 2 years old,” said Stephens. “I started at the YMCA and it was just something new. It was a good fit for me. I just like it because it is free and a good sport that is not too physical. And I like to battle. Ever since I've been playing, I've always battled and that's been a good thing for me.

“My shooting and defense has gotten better. My all-around game has gotten better. I've been in the gym working on all aspects of the game.”

Key stats:

Stephens leads the team with a 13.4 points-per-game scoring average.

Coach's take:

“It's been amazing to see him grow as a player but more importantly as a young man. He has become a great player. Growing every day and asking questions on how to get better. It's been fun to watch him blossom.”

Brad Jansen

Arapahoe basketball coach

Q&A with Bryson Stephens

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

LeBron James. He's inspirational. He's doing stuff off the court with him starting a school and stuff. He's a good player, leader, father and seems like a good friend and everything else.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

My parents (Philippa and Thaddeus Stephens). They do a lot for me, paying for this basketball stuff because it is definitely not cheap. The stuff they do, I really appreciate.

What would be a perfect performance in basketball?

A perfect performance would be doing it all around, like rebounds, points, assists and doing whatever you can to help the team win.

What do you like to do away from sports and school?

I like to be with my friends. I'm always with my friends or playing video games.

What are your plans after high school?

Definitely college and see how far basketball takes me. I want to get a good education, good degree and take it from there.

What is the toughest thing about playing basketball?

Defense, for me. Staying disciplined on defense.

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