Memphis Tigers senior D.J. Stephens did not play in the Tigers closed exhibition game on Saturday against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Coach Josh Pastner was considering redshirting the 6’5 senior forward.
Pastner had planned to have a decision made by Wednesday’s exhibition game against Christian Brothers Bucs on Nov. 7 at the FedExForum. It was reported that Pastner and Stephens met on Monday and decided Stephens would not redshirt.
Stephens had expressed to Pastner a while ago about possibly redshirting this season.
“He wants to play,” Pastner reported. “So he’s playing.”
Stephens played his prep career for coach Celneque Bobbitt at Harker Heights High School (TX). He is an extremely athletic player with amazing vertical skills. He has won the Memphis Madness dunk contest two years in a row and also won the 2011-12 Intersport Dunks of the Year title.
His career has also been hindered with injuries. Stephens has missed some early practices due to a hamstring injury and have had knee issues in the past. He missed seven games last season as a result of tendonitis in his knees.
During his career, Stephens has played in 93 games while starting seven. He has averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free throw line.
The Tigers also have six other players listed on the roster at the forward position: junior Tarik Black, freshman Shak Goodwin, senior Ferrakohn Hall, senior Stan Simpson, sophomore Adonis Thomas and sophomore Hippolyte Tsafack.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery