Myles Stephens ’15 currently plays professional basketball for Baskets Juniors Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany. Prior to his time in Germany, Stephens had an outstanding collegiate career at Princeton University, where he majored in history and received All-Ivy League honors three times, earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17, and scored 1,000 career points. Myles sat down with us to discuss his time as a student-athlete at St. Andrew’s and walked us through his journey as a professional athlete.
What originally attracted you to SAS as a student-athlete?
The balance between excellent academics and athletes. I knew that I would not have to sacrifice one for the other and that was very appealing to me.
Most memorable athletic experience while at SAS:
My last game on senior night after missing the entire season with an ACL tear.
What’s one piece of advice that you’d give current SAS student-athletes?
Make sure you work as hard in the classroom as you do on the court. The ball will stop bouncing one day and you’re going to have to lean on something else when that time comes.
How did participating in NBA workouts help your game?
Participating in NBA workouts helped me to see what I needed to work on and allowed me to compare myself to other elite athletes reaching for the same goals as me.
What was the biggest adjustment that you had to make adapting to professional basketball?
Three things stand out to me. I’ve had to adjust to the speed of the game, the physicality, and the skill level of the players.
Describe your game for those who haven’t seen you play:
I would say that I’m a versatile two-way wing player who can guard multiple positions on the floor. On offense, I have the ability to score at all three levels.
In 5 years I hope to be:
Playing basketball at a high level! If i’m not playing basketball, I believe that I’ll be in corporate law or in law school.
I am most proud of:
All the work that I have put in up to this point; to be able to play basketball for a living while being able to travel and see the world. It’s allowed me to experience different people and different cultures.
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