BREAKDOWN: Alex Stepheson, 6-foot-10, 250-pound redshirt senior forward is a solid defender, rebounder and shot blocker who had a major impact in his first season in the Pac-10.
2009-10: Averaged 8.4 points and 7.2 rebounds while playing in 28 games, 26 starts in his first season with the Trojans. He ranked first in the conference with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game and second with 1.6 blocks per contest. His 44 blocks rank as the 10th best in a single season by a Trojan. Scored in double figures 12 times and posted his first six career double-doubles. Missed three weeks of practice before the season with a left knee osteochondral defect. He began practice on Nov. 23 and played in his first game for USC on Nov. 27 vs. Coppin State and scored 13 points and had nine rebounds. Posted his first career double-double in the next game with 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. Nebraska on Nov. 29. Moved into the starting lineup for good at Texas on Dec. 3. Scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds while making all eight free throw attempts at Georgia Tech on Dec. 5. Had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks vs. Sacramento State on Dec. 8. The seven blocks are tied for the fourth-most ever in a single game by a Trojan. Stepheson had 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks vs. Idaho State on Dec. 11. He scored 19 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds vs. Tennessee on Dec. 19. Earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 14-20. His most points scored during Pac-10 play was 15 vs. Washington on Jan. 23. Had two double-doubles in his final four games with 10 points and 13 rebounds vs. Oregon on Feb. 27 and 14 points and 10 boards at Arizona on March 6. Was co-winner of the Forrest F. Twogood Award as the top defensive performer on the team along with Marcus Simmons at the team awards banquet at the end of the season.
2008-09: Transferred to USC to be closer to his family due to several health concerns. Had his transfer waiver denied by the NCAA on Nov. 19 and had to sit out the season after transferring from North Carolina to USC.
2007-08: Appeared in 37 games for the Tar Heels, averaging 4.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. Averaged 14.5 minutes per game and hit 53.9 percent of his shots (69-for-128), including making 26 of his last 35 shots (74.3 percent). Ranked third among the Tar Heels with 33 blocked shots. Was North Carolina's leading rebounder in six contests with a high of 11 rebounds on Jan. 31 vs. Boston College. He averaged 6.0 points in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, including back-to-back double figure scoring games against Mt. St. Mary's (12) and Arkansas (10). He was the Tar Heels' defensive player of the game against the Razorbacks and against Washington State in the Sweet 16. Against Arkansas, he was 5-for-5 from the floor with five rebounds and two blocks. In the win vs. Washington State, he had four points, five rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes.
2006-07: He played in all 36 games as a freshman at North Carolina, averaging 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes. Scored in 21 of 36 games played. Scored eight points vs. UNC-Asheville on Dec. 16 and vs. Penn on Jan. 3. He had six points and five rebounds in the win vs. Florida Atlantic on Dec. 19. Grabbed six rebounds against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 19, UNC-Asheville and Dayton on Dec. 31. Had a season-high eight rebounds and scored three points in win at Wake Forest on Jan. 24. Scored a season-high 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting in win at Arizona on Jan. 27. Only played one minute and did not score in UNC's comeback win vs. USC in the Sweet 16 on March 23. Had six rebounds in eight minutes of action in the NCAA regional final vs. Georgetown on March 25.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was a fourth team Parade All-American at Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood, Calif. Averaged 20.4 points and 17.8 rebounds as a senior. Grabbed 20 or more rebounds in 16 games as a senior. Broke the Harvard-Westlake school record for rebounds in just three seasons, shattering the record held by former Stanford center and current Atlanta Hawk Jason Collins. Set the school single-game rebound record with 32 and followed that up with games of 31, 23, 28 and 21 rebounds. Was named the Co-MVP of the Roundball Classic in Chicago, Ill. after he had 15 points and six rebounds. Averaged 17.0 points and 14.4 rebounds as a junior. Led Harvard-Westlake to a 26-4 record and the California Southern Section title in 2005. His team lost the state title game by one point. Was ranked the No. 41 prospect in the 2006 recruiting class by Rivals.com and No. 55 by ScoutHoops.com. He was coached at Harvard-Westlake High by Greg Hilliard.
PERSONAL: Stepheson was born on Aug. 7, 1987 in Los Angeles, Calif. Last name is pronounced STEEVIS-son. His favorite NBA athlete is Amar'e Stoudemire. Says his greatest achievement outside of sports was winning a spelling bee as a sixth grader.