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Stevie Mejia “A New Beginning”

Stevie Mejia was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Massachusetts after his senior year at Lawrence Academy.  While there Stevie led his Lawrence squad to a 51-7 record in his two years, including a New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) championship in 2006-07 and a championship game appearance in 2007-08. He was a two-time all-tournament team selection at the National Prep School Invitational

After High school Stevie attended the University of Rhode Island for two years, while at URI one would say Stevie didn’t have a chance to break out, as he was prone to do after his freshmen season.  Stevie led the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranked eighth in the country in assist to turnover ratio as a sophomore in 2009-10.  Stevie helped led the Rams who finished 26-10 on the year and reached the semifinals of the Postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) before losing to the University of North Carolina

Stevie started on the AAU circuit with Metro Boston, a program that has produced its fair share of division one talent.  We caught up with Stevie as he geared up for his upcoming season, after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations.  Now at Hoftra Mejia was named a tri-captain by Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara and the junior point guard is excited to lead his new team.

Why did you choose URI coming out of HS?

“I chose URI because it was relatively close to home and I had a good relationship with Asst. coach Pat Skerry.”

 What was the reason for you transferring from URI to Hoftra?

“The reason why I transferred to Hofstra was because I wanted a environment, wasn’t playing to my potential at URI, and the head coach at Hofstra, I knew for a while.”

 What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“Strengths- running a team, making my teammates better, pull ups in the lane, and knocking down open threes.”

 Did you help to land your friend from Boston, Jamal C?

“Yes I did help Jamal come to Hofstra, it was a working process lol”

 How did Lawrence Academy help you develop on and off the court?

“It helps me to become more mature on and off the court.”

 Are you a big believer in kids going to Prep School?

“Yes I am. It help me grow as a person and it’ll help others as well”

 How did AAU Change your life?

“AAU changed my life cause it got my name out there throughout the country.”

 

Tell the readers about Stevie off the court?

“Calm, laid back, business-finance major, everything I do I do for my family, especially my little bros.”

 Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?

“Jameer Nelson”

 Who is your biggest supporter?

“Oscar Lopez from Metro Boston”

 Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“Loyal”

 What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“How much fun I had with my old teammates and coaches.”

 How was it playing for Metro Boston?

“It was great, I miss it, and it was the greatest experience of my life.”

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