Jimmy Stepp, leading high-school basketball scorer in Kentucky last season, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend George Washington University. Stepp, a 6-3 guard, visited the GW campus over the weekend and signed before he returned to his Inez, Ky., home.
Stepp averaged 32.4 points a game last season and led his Sheldon Clark High team to a 24-4 record. Stepp also ranks second in his class academically.
Inez is located some 40 miles from the hometown of GW Coach Bob Tallent. In that part of eastern Kentucky, the Tallent-Stepp scoring battles rival the MocCoy-Hatfield feud for notoirety.
It started during Bob Tallent's senior year in high school, when he averaged 40 points a game and Orville Stepp, Jimmy Stepp's uncle, was second at 33. Since then Tallent brothers Pat and Mike were big scorers at Maytown High and then at GW.
Stepp's older brother Joe Allen Stepp led Kentucky high school scorers and then went to Ohio State before transferring to Marshall. Tallent was a GW assistant when the Colonials unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Joe Allen Stepp. So Tallent already knew Stepp's parents when he started to recruit Jimmy.
There is another Stepp still to be taken.Ervin, a 6-2 1/2 sophomore, averaged 19 points a game last season.
In another area college basketball development, it was learned that Brad Greenberg, an assistant coach at American University, will rejoin former boss Jim Lynam in a similar role at St. Joseph's. Lynam was named coach at the Philadelphia school last week.