Mejia Ready for Next Challenge | Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Mejia Ready for Next Challenge

The Greater Boston All-Star Game was bitter sweet for Stevie Mejia.  It marked the last official game he would play before arriving at the University of Rhode Island in the fall.  But the point guard is ready for that challenge as he hopes to play his way into some immediate minutes

“I’m very excited,” said Mejia.  “I will be playing with a great shooter in Jimmy Baron and in a great environment.  I just can’t wait to be a part of it.” 

Exactly what Mejia’s role will be next season is still in doubt.  While URI’s starting point guard, Parfait Bitee, will graduate in May leaving a vacancy in the first unit, Mejia will have plenty of competition for the spot as he battles a fellow New England product in current freshman and former St. Thomas More lead guard Marquis Jones

“I’m looking forward to going up there and working hard,” Mejia said.  “Whether it is five minutes a game or twenty, all I’m trying to do is give them whatever they need.” 

That’s exactly what the point guard did over the last two years as he starred at Lawrence Academy.  Last season, he led the team to the NEPSAC Class C title in only his first year at the school.  Despite losing to St. Mark’s in this year’s final, Mejia has left a lasting legacy at Lawrence Academy. 

“It was a great experience for me,” Mejia said of his time at LA.  “The coaches got me to the level where I’m currently at, and the school itself prepared me academically for college.” 

Mejia may already have a game that is tailor made for the college level.  He is a steady floor general who knows how to get his teammates shots and can put the ball in the basket himself when necessary.  So with such an impressive resume already developed, what is the point guard working on before he arrives at the Rhode Island campus?

“A lot of pull-ups and floaters so that I’ll be able to get my shot off in the lane,” he said.  “and of course a lot of shooting and ball-handling.” 

Fortunately for local fans we’ll be able to watch the next chapter of Stevie Mejia’s career as he stays home in New England.