St. Charles East's Stephens picks Purdue

St. Charles East sophomore guard Kendall Stephens decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and committed to Purdue on Monday.

Stephens’ father Everette Stephens starred at Purdue in the 1980s and played two seasons in the NBA. The 6-foot-4 Stephens chose the Boilermakers over offers from DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin.

“I am very happy for Kendall and his family with his choice of Purdue,” said Illinois Wolves coach Mike Mullins, who is Stephens’ club coach. “Kendall has a great skill set and a terrific work ethic and is a quality young man. He had a terrific fall in our workouts and has carried that on through his high school season. Purdue is a great place for Kendall, and coach [Matt] Painter and his outstanding staff will help him continue to maximize his talents. I look forward to working with him in the interim.”

Stephens is Purdue’s second Class of 2013 commitment.