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Alex Stepheson Joins Meralco Bolts in Philippines

Alex Stepheson may not be a lights-out scorer, but he may just be what the doctor ordered for Meralco. The hulking 6-10 Bolts import finished with just 10 points but he hauled down 21 rebounds, blocked three shots and changed many more as Meralco opened its Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner's Cup campaign with a 94-86 win over Mahindra on Friday.

UNC an anomaly in college basketball's transfer climate

Roughly two players per Division I team are transferring each year. Since Roy Williams returned to his alma mater before the 2003-04 season, the Tar Heels' only transfers are California natives Alex Stepheson, David Wear, Travis Wear and Larry Drew. Add in four transfers at Kansas, and Williams has had just eight in 28 seasons as a head coach.

Jawad Williams Named All-Star In Turkey

Former UNC forward Jawad Williams, a starter on the 2005 NCAA championship team, has earned a spot on the 2015 Turkish Basketball Federation All-Star team. Williams plays for Royal Hali Gaziantep and will suit up for Team Asia in the all-star game. He will face off against fellow former Tar Heel Alex Stepheson, who transferred from Carolina to USC following the 2007-08 season.

Alex Stepheson ready to end three-year postseason drought

USC senior forward Alex Stepheson is funny, mild-mannered and smooth-speaking -- a guy who would probably find a fruitful future in sportscasting post-basketball if he were to seek it. But he's no actor. What he says is what he means. So when he was asked this week after practice if he remembered the last postseason game he had played, his lack of an immediate answer was glaringly obvious.

Transfers a rarity for UNC's Williams

During his radio show last season, UNC coach Roy Williams said he's had only a half-dozen players transfer during his head coaching career (including Alex Stepheson, who left UNC for USC after the 2007-08 season). "I’m really fortunate,'' Williams said during the radio show. "I’ve been a head coach for 22 years and I think that we figured it out that we’ve had six guys transfer in 22 years.

Alex Stepheson denied postseason again

Forty pounds of pure muscle. That's what UCLA coach Ben Howland notices when asked how USC power forward Alex Stepheson has grown since high school. Stepheson these days is ripped like a modern-day Trojan warrior. But even the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Stepheson was floored when USC coach Kevin O'Neill told his team that it would not be eligible for the postseason due to self-imposed sanctions.

Catching Up WIth The ACC’s Transfers

From a basketball standpoint, Alex Stepheson is a victim of bad timing. He had to sit out last year under NCAA rules and missed playing on the Trojans’ Pac 10 tournament championship team. (The Heels, meanwhile, won the national title.) Those nasty rules struck again this season when the USC administration, fearing the hand of justice from the NCAA, banned the Trojans from the 2010 NCAA tournament.

Deon Thompson feels he is ready to lead Tar Heels

Deon Thompson arrived at Carolina as part of the top-ranked recruiting class in the country, along with forwards Brandan Wright and Alex Stepheson and guards Wayne Ellington and Lawson. Now, he appears ready for a breakout season. Thompson is averaging 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds for the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (3-0), who play 15th-ranked Ohio State (2-0) tonight at 9 in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic at the Garden.

Alex Stepheson starts over

Alex Stepheson, who transferred to Southern California after the 2007-08 season, said he has no regrets that he wasn't on the court with the Heels when they cut down the nets -- even though he had to sit out last season as required by the NCAA's transfer rules. In addition, scandal and a mass exodus has significantly changed the Trojans' program, which begins practice Friday.

Alex Stepheson has no regrets about leaving UNC

UNC transfer Alex Stepheson insists he never got caught up in what might have been as he watched his former team win the national championship. The memories he gained over the past year outshone any jewelry he could have earned. "I had no regrets," said Stepheson, who's now at USC. "I was just purely happy for those guys and excited for them. It just made me more excited for this year. I'm looking forward to playing."

NCAA Denies Alex Stepheson Immediate Eligibility at USC

The NCAA has denied Alex Stepheson's waiver petition for immediate eligibility to compete at 19th-ranked Southern California after transferring from No. 1 North Carolina. The forward won't be eligible at USC this season, the NCAA ruled Wednesday. ''Alex would have really helped our team this season and would have had a big impact in the Pac-10, but we will have to move beyond this now,'' USC coach Tim Floyd said in a statement.

USC anxiously waits on Alex Stepheson

UNC transfer center Alex Stepheson won't play for USC against UC Irvine on Saturday, but the hope is that a decision on his appeal can be made in time for Tuesday's game against New Mexico State. That's if the Tar Heels respond quickly enough. USC coach Tim Floyd said Friday that Stepheson's paperwork is now in the hands of his former school and that the Tar Heels have 10 days to respond. "We're hoping to get a response sooner than that," Floyd said.

Alex Stepheson could hear soon about eligibility for USC basketball team

Alex Stepheson, who recently transferred from North Carolina, could hear from the NCAA about his eligibility for the coming season within two or three weeks. The forward faces sitting out a season but is trying to obtain a waiver because his father suffers from an undisclosed illness that prompted Stepheson's move to be closer to the family's Southern California home.

Alex Stepheson is headed to USC basketball team

USC's basketball team added an imposing presence to its front line today. Alex Stepheson, a 6-foot-9 junior transfer who played his first two college seasons at North Carolina, will become a Trojan and seek a waiver to gain immediate eligibility. Diane Stepheson said her son would try to obtain a waiver because his father suffers from an undisclosed illness that prompted the move to be closer to the family's Southern California home.

Williams, Heels Calm Before the Storm

Guard Quentin Thomas graduated and post-player Alex Stepheson transferred back home to Californiaand the program at USC. Those are the only contributors from the 2007-08 team that posted a 36-3 record and advanced to the Final Four who won’t return this year, though Mike Copeland’s season will be delayed by recovery from a torn ACL in the spring.

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