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Alex Stepheson to take part in two pre-draft events

USC senior forward Alex Stepheson has been chosen to participate in Friday's annual National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium in Houston, the site of the Final Four.

It's the second such postseason honor for Stepheson, who found out last week he'd also be playing next week's Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Va. The invitational, which begins next Wednesday and continues through Saturday, is played in front of NBA scouts and team representatives.

Stepheson, who transferred from North Carolina in 2008, averaged 9.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last season for the Trojans, ranking second in the Pac-10 in rebounding, eighth in shooting percentage and ninth in minutes per game.

He is one of three graduating seniors for the Trojans who will pursue careers in professional basketball, including guards Marcus Simmons and Donte Smith.

Fellow frontcourt mate Nikola Vucevic also declared for the NBA draft Friday and signed with an agent but cannot participate in either event because they are exclusive to seniors. Vucevic will make the rounds with private pre-draft workouts with teams in the coming weeks.