Cincinnati's Stephenson to enter draft

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati freshman Lance Stephenson plans to enter the NBA draft.

The school said Wednesday that the Big East rookie of the year said he will hire an agent, which means he can not withdraw from the draft. It is scheduled for June 24.

The 6-foot-5 guard from New York City led Big East freshmen in scoring with 12.3 points per game, and was among the top five freshmen in rebounds, steals and assists.

He was chosen Big East rookie of the week four times, including the last two weeks of the regular season, after averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds over the final four games.

Stephenson was chosen as the Bearcats' defensive player of the year during the team's awards banquet Tuesday night.