Big man with big plans: PEM’s Aeron Stevens thriving in basketball offseason
(ABC 6 News) — It’s been one offer after another for Plainview-Elgin-Millville rising senior Aeron Stevens. The 6"7 forward is coming off an outstanding junior season which saw him average 16.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.6 bpg.
"I’m very lucky to have as many offers as I do and to have options and people that want me," Stevens said. "It feels good but it’s going to be a tough decision. A lot of good schools out there. They’ve all been good to me. I like them a lot and yeah it’s going to be a tough decision. I’m thankful for it. I’m lucky"
He helped lead the Bulldogs to the Section 1AA championship game where they came up short against Caledonia in triple overtime 72-61. For Stevens, the loss has stayed with him and he’s using it as motivation in these offseason tournaments.
"It definitely motivates me," Stevens said. "I want to go to state. That’s my goal this year. That’s the only thing I want. It definitely motivates me. Losing like that we had it. We choked it so only thing we can do is forget about it and try to go get it this year."
He plays for the Minnesota Lightning on the AAU circuits, but he’s also made sure to continue working and building chemistry with his high school teammates in offseason tournaments.
"Definitely grow with the guys and get our chemistry as good as possible," Stevens said. "Especially the grade below us, we haven’t played with them a ton. So to be able to mesh with them is really great."
Stevens says he knows he has a tough decision this year when it comes to where he will play college ball.
He plans to make that decision before the season to cut out on distractions.
In the meantime, he continues grabbing rebounds, knocking down jumpers, and dominating in the paint — no matter the setting or opponent this offseason — and his eyes remain on the prize.
"I just want to win. I want to go to state. It’s my only goal for the whole year. That’s all I want."