California high school basketball standout DeShawn Stevenson wants an education, after all.
Stevenson's mother recently was quoted in the Fresno (Calif.) Bee as saying Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian gained major points in the recruitment of the 6-foot-5 prep phenom by selling a starting position during the 2000-01 season and guaranteeing him 35 minutes a game.
This would prepare him for an early exit to the NBA.
"The major goal is to not get a degree," Stevenson's mother, Genice Popps, told the Bee.
However, a day later, she clarified her statement, saying Stevenson does want a degree, and in fact, is interested in possibly becoming a dentist.
Popps said she and her husband, Terry Popps, asked Kansas coach Roy Williams if he wants his players to graduate. She said they were told Williams pursues the degree progress of all the players who leave early.
Kansas, Genice Popps said, provided Stevenson a business degree plan, while UCLA has come up with a list of general education classes for him.
"Before college coaches come to the visits, I'm telling them the information I'm looking for, and they bring that information," Popps told the Bee. "I want to hear about a degree program. DeShawn wants to look at being an orthodontist or a dentist. I would be a fool not to want him to get a degree."
Stevenson is considering KU, Fresno State, UCLA, UConn, Missouri, Georgia, San Diego State and Kentucky. He will visit KU for Late Night With Roy Williams on Oct. 15.
-- Gary Bedore