South Side basketball leading scorer, football quarterback Mikale Stevenson leaves for Georgia prep school

South Side junior Mikale Stevenson brings the ball up the court against North Side in the SAC Holiday Tournament final in December. (Photo by Dan Vance of news-sentinel.com)

South Side junior point guard Mikale Stevenson has announced on his Twitter that he is leaving the school to finish his last year and a half of high school at Lincoln Academy in Suwanee, Georgia.

The 6-foot-2 junior leads South Side in scoring with 15.8 points per game, while shooting 43 percent from the field. He also leads the team in assists with 6.1 and steals with 2.4 per game. He has also hit 23 three pointers for the 9-4 Archers and will represent a substantial loss for the program. Stevenson scored a season high 31 points on December 28 in a SAC Holiday Tournament win over Snider. He also scored 22 points against Marion on January 6.

“I really do want to take this basketball thing far,” Stevenson said. “They are a great team. They have a lot of overseas kids who come in. It’s a small school, not too many in the classroom, so it will keep me more focused than having so many people around.”

Stevenson did say that he will reclassify at Lincoln Academy and will have two years left come the Fall. He will now graduate with the Class of 2020.

“The school offered me the best things, I really liked the visit I went on this past weekend. The dorms were nice and the facilities,” Stevenson said. “I like the coaches a lot, so it helps.”

Stevenson did not play in South Side’s most recent game, a 75-43 win over Concordia Lutheran last Friday.

Lincoln Academy is prep school located about 35 minutes from Atlanta. They are currently 17-3 and claim themselves as ranked 41st in the country according to their Twitter account.

Stevenson noted Cody Henson, who became an assistant at Lincoln in the Fall, as one of the keys in his transfer. Henson was one of Stevenson’s coaches over the summer with Indy Heat. Henson is also a former varsity assistant coach at Garrett High School and also spent time on the staff of Northrop High School prior to Garrett.

Stevenson’s transfer will also have an impact on the South Side football program. He threw for 1,279 yards this past season, completing 74 of 166 passes for 14 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. He also ran for 167 yards on 56 attempts.

Lincoln Academy does not offer a football program says Stevenson.

RELATED STORY: Hoops can wait: South’s Stevenson, others make impact in football

COMMENTS