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From the University of Nevada, Reno:

University of Nevada head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman has signed Purdue transfer Kendall Stephens to a financial aid agreement to play for the Wolf Pack. Stephens will sit out the 2016-17 season under NCAA transfer rules and play his senior year for the Pack in 2017-18.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Kendall joining our Wolf Pack family,” Musselman said. “He embodies everything that our coaching staff was looking for: high-character, elite shot-making ability and a terrific enthusiasm for the University of Nevada. Kendall made 175 threes over three years at the highest level of college basketball, and, in our system, we expect him to become one of the most feared shooters in all of college basketball.”

Stephens, a 6-7, 205-pound guard from St. Charles, Ill. played the last three seasons at Purdue. As a freshman he was named to the Big 10 Freshman team after averaging eight points and shooting 37 (64-of-173) percent from the behind the arc. The 64 made three-pointers ranks as the second best season by a Purdue freshman. He earned 16 starts and played in 32 games his freshman season for the Boilermakers. Against Michigan State he scored a season-high 19 points.

His sophomore year he averaged 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists in 22.4 minutes per game.  Stephens appeared in 34 games and started 16 in his second season in the program. He increased his three-point shooting percentage to 38.4, making 73-of-190 attempts from behind the arc. The 73 made three-pointers is the 10th most in a season at Purdue. He had a streak of making a three-pointer in 22 consecutive games that ranks as the fifth longest streak in school history. He netted a career-high 24 points against IUPUI.

Stephens averaged 6.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 24 games off the bench as a junior. From behind the arc he made 38-of-120 attempts. He missed several games for personal reasons following the death of a close friend and former teammate.

In his three seasons at Purdue he scored 698 points in 90 games with 32 starts for an average of 7.8 points per game. From behind the arc he made 175-of-483 shots for shooting percentage of 36.2.

As a prep senior he was a four-star recruit and the 61st ranked recruit by Rivals.com and 65th according to ESPN.com. The No. 3 prospect in Illinois and 15th ranked shooting guard in the nation by ESPN.com he attended St. Charles East High School.  An injury his senior year only allowed him to play 11 games and he was scoring 19.2 points per game before the injury. As a junior he averaged 17.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  

The son of Everette and Kay Stephens he has two sisters Chanel and Paris. His father played at Purdue and scored 1,044 career points in 119 games for the Boilermakers.

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