AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You start thinking about all those great players that played there over the years, and it becomes an honor knowing you’ll be a part of that history soon,” Stepheson said. “In my heart, I felt North Carolina would be the best fit for me. Not just basketball, but academics, too.” Stepheson, the Southern Section Div. III-A Player of the Year last season, when he averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds a game, joins a heralded North Carolina recruiting class that includes shooting guard Wayne Ellington (Merion, Pa.), point guard Tywon Lawson (Forestville, Md.) and power forward Deon Thompson (Torrance). “I feel we can be a great team and continue the Carolina winning tradition.” Stepheson said. Stepheson’s decision was a blow to UCLA, which hoped to bulk up its front court with his addition. The Bruins will now likely turn to overseas prospects to address the power forward and center positions. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 “When I woke up this morning, I knew exactly what my decision would be,” the 6-foot-9 Stepheson told a packed room at Harvard-Westlake Tuesday afternoon. With that, the top senior prospect in the area announced he was headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., to play at North Carolina, in the fall of 2006. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City basketball standout Alex Stepheson went to bed Monday night still unsure where he’d be going to college. Before falling asleep, he said a little prayer, hoping to find clarity as he struggled to choose from North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and UCLA. email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!