2018-19 Basketball

Former Shaw guard signs pro contract

De’Angelo Stephens Bell will now be playing in Argentia.

Courtesy: Shaw Athletics

RALEIGH, N.C. – Former Shaw University men’s basketball player De’Angelo Stephens-Bell has signed to play professionally for Regatas Corrientes in the Argentina Basketball League, team officials announced Wednesday. Stephens-Bell is the fourth Shaw Bear in the last four seasons to sign a professional contract to play overseas since 2017.

Stephens-Bell closed out his career with 750 points, 265 rebounds, 219 assists, and 94 steals. In his senior season (2017-18), he was good for 18.8 points per game, 5.0 assists per outing, which ranked second in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference while posting 6.0 rebounds at the guard position for eighth in the CIAA. Stephens-Bell scored 28 times in double figures, including a career-high 36 points against Lock Haven (No. 11). Additionally, Stephens-Bell recorded a career-high nine assists in two games as well as a career-high 13 rebounds in two contests to go along with two CIAA Player of the Week awards.

He was named First Team All-CIAA, BOXTOROW First Team All-American and Second Team All-State North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA).

The native of Jacksonville, Fla., was driving force behind the Bears season that saw the Garnet and White go 20-9 overall and 12-4 in the CIAA en route to share of the Southern Division regular-season title during the 2017-18 season, the program’s second-consecutive under head coach Joel Hopkins in his second tenure. The 20 wins that year was the most regular-season victories since 2011-12.

Stephens-Bell joins the Regatas Corrientes organization that took first place in Group C (3-0), Group F (2-1) before falling in the semifinals for a third place finish in the Liga Americas Latin Cup. Regatas Corrientes is currently 13-9 on the season thus far. More information about the Argentina Basketball League and the Regatas Corrientes can be found here.

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