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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:10 pm

IPFW men's basketball, women's track announces signings


IPFW men's basketball announced the signing of Jairus Stevens on Thursday.

Stevens, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard, attended Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut, after graduating from Merrillville High School in 2016. While at Cheshire Academy, he averaged 19.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 55 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3.

"I'm extremely excited to have Indiana native Jairus Stevens join our program," Mastodons head coach Jon Coffman said in a release. "Jairus is a great fit and comes from a family with a tremendous basketball pedigree. He has been well-coached, has a great skill set, is extremely versatile and loves to play.

"We have won a lot of games with players that have bought into our unselfish culter and are passionately committed to the work necessary to become a great player. There is no doubt that Jairus is all in and will be a tremendous addition."

Stevens' father is Barry Stevens who ranks as Iowa State's second leading scorer in program history. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and reached the NBA as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 1993. 

Stevens is the second member of this year's recruiting class, joining Cameron Benford who signed in the fall. 

The Mastodons women's track team also announced the signing of five athletes on Thursday: Elkhart Memorial's Alayna Bailey (sprints); Tyra Hunt of East Kentwood in Michigan (sprints); Sophia Hirzel of Ostego in Kalamazoo, Michigan (distance); Hannah Detmers of Marquette, Michigan; and Jala Smith of Clarkston, Michigan (sprints). 

"At a time where the women's track program is graduating so many seniors, this incoming class has me excited about the program's future," assistant coach Tanisha Johnson said. "We believe the 2017 signing class is at a level where they can come in and immediately help continue this program's growth."