Wilson (DC) 2020 guard Dimingus Stevens. CREDIT: Wilson HS.
Woodrow Wilson (DC) 2020 guard Dimingus Stevens had a breakout sophomore season after transferring from Bishop O'Connell (Va.), helping the Tigers win the DCIAA and DCSAA championships.
His strong play carried over into the spring and summer with Team Takeover, helping the 6-foot-6, 195-pounder skyrocket up recruiting lists while picking up scholarship offers from Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Seton Hall and Virginia Tech, among others.
Recently, Stephens took some time to chat about his development, recruitment and expectations for the season:
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THIS SEASON?
“I mean, I’m feeling real good. Came off a state championship and came back and had a good summer with Takeover. Basically we’ve got two new additions [Maryland-bound Makhel and Makhi Mitchell] and I’m ready.”
HOW WILL THAT BIG GAME EXPERIENCE HELP THIS SEASON?
“That’s going to be a big factor for us, because we’re not going to be scared and we’re going to know what to expect. When the crowds get loud and stuff, you’ve still got to know how to stay focused and keep your tempo.”
HOW IS YOUR RECRUITMENT GOING?
“Visit-wise, I took visits to Maryland and Louisville. I haven’t gone on any more yet, but at the end of the season I’m looking to take a lot.”
WHO ARE THE MOST RECENT OFFERS?
“The most recent ones were probably Seton Hall, Maryland, JMU, George Mason, UCLA, Pitt and a couple more.”
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A SCHOOL?
“Basically somewhere I can fit in, with an environment I like. And then basically a team I like. So I don’t want to go a place where me and the team don’t get along and I don’t like the atmosphere.”
WHAT’S SOME ADVICE YOU’VE GOTTEN ON THE RECRUITING PROCESS?
“Never catch an attitude on the court because coaches don’t like that. And always keep my head, because you never know who’s watching you.”
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE STRENGTHS OF YOUR GAME?
“Scoring, to sum it up for real. And getting others open now - I’ve been working on my point guard skills a lot, so I can play that role now mixed with my shooting guard skills.”
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OFF THE COURT?
“I mean, most of the time I’m in the house doing homework or in the house watching Netflix. I watch all the movies just to see which ones I like and which ones I don’t, but I like a lot of the horror movies.”
SO WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HORROR MOVIE?
“My favorite one would probably be Hush.”
“WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE ON-COURT MEMORY?
“When we won states. That was probably the best feeling, because Wilson, they never won states ever. I don’t even know how to explain it, but basically, nobody else has ever done that except for us, and nobody else can say that.”