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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Colorado Mesa’s Ryan Stephan endured plenty of hard times during his journey to become one of the top big men in the RMAC. The junior was tormented by Chandler Burgon during his freshman year, which toughened up Stephan and transformed him into a player who can finish even after being fouled.

Big Steph

Mavs’ Stephan has grown into one of RMAC’s best big men

When Ryan Stephan looks in the mirror, he sees 6-5.
He sees the guy who played on the perimeter most of high school, helped handle the ball against pressure defenses and shot 3-pointers.
He doesn’t see the 6-foot-10, 265-pound guy with arms so long he barely needs to jump for a baby hook, layup or a finger-roll around an opposing post player, a guy who can score through contact.
That guy, though, is starting to come into focus.


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