In case you missed it on Friday, we just unveiled the cover of Dime #42…
With the summer upon us, the basketball world’s thoughts turn to the future. Whether it’s the NBA Draft or the high school AAU/camp circuit, the summer is when everyone looks for the next superstar on every level. So for the first summer ’08 issue of Dime, we decided to give the biggest star in the high school game his first solo cover.
Anyone who reads Dime or has been on DimeMag.com over the last few years at least knows the name Lance Stephenson. We first profiled Lance as a “Player 2 Watch” back when he was in the 8th grade, and he was on the cover of Dime #34 last summer as part of a quintet shot with high school stars Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Derrick Favors and Luke Babbitt. And although that first P2W seems like it was just yesterday, now Lance is heading into his senior year at Lincoln H.S. (Brooklyn) as the best player in the Class of ’09, with his pick of colleges and a lot of people saying he could be an impact player in the NBA right now. Ever since he first burst onto the scene as a 14-year-old, stories have come in from the playgrounds of NYC of Lance giving legit pros and ex-pros the business, everyone from Jamal Crawford to Joe Forte.
For this issue, Associate Editor Austin Burton went out to Coney Island to get up with Lance and his people for an amazing cover feature to go along with an equally sick photo shoot. Everything you ever needed to know about the country’s best prep ballplayer is right here.
Across the board, we pretty much killed it with this issue: We’ve got the newest installment of our Summer Players 2 Watch, featuring the guys who will be making the most noise in the hoop world over the coming months, names like LeBron, Josh Smith, Greg Oden, ‘Melo, O.J. and Yao. Editorial Assistant Andrew Katz penned two hot features on soon-to-be first-round picks Jerryd Bayless and Chris Douglas-Roberts. We got one of Nike’s top trainers to walk you through the phenomena that is SPARQ Training. Plus we’ve got stories on the best summer pickup run on the planet (regulars include Kevin Garnett and Baron Davis), college basketball’s most deadly scorer, perhaps the top high school freshman in the country, and our usual fashion and Buyer’s Guide pages are stacked with everything you need for the summer.
If you haven’t seen Dime #42 on your local newsstand yet, it should be popping up any day now.