This NCAA basketball was AUTOGRAPHED by STEVE STIPANOVICH in 2010. He was one of the all-time greats and fan favorite of MIZZOU BASKETBALL and ruled the courts from 1979 to 1983.
Stipanovich was named Big Eight Newcomer of the Year as a freshman at MIZZOU. As a senior in college, Stipanovich averaged over 18 points and almost 9 rebounds per game, and dominated the Big 8 Conference. Steve symbolized the rise of Missouri as a consistent power and a dominant presence in the Big Eight conference.
The 6’11" center from St. Louis, Stipo shared his four seasons at Mizzou with Jon Sundvold, the dead-eye shooter from Kansas City, and collectively, their achievements were stunning. They made Mizzou the only program ever to win four straight Big Eight championships, capturing the crown in each year of their careers. They led the Tigers to 100 victories, the best four-year run in school history and Missouri achieved its first-ever number one national ranking in their stellar junior season.
Stipo started all 31 games as a freshman, led the team in scoring, and was named Big Eight Newcomer of the Year. The next year, he set a school record for blocked shots. As a junior, he made his first All-Big Eight team. As a senior he made his second, in addition to being named Big Eight Player of the Year, earning various first and second team All-America honors, breaking his own blocked shots record, outplaying national player of the year Ralph Sampson head to head, and averaging 18.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was both an academic All American and a first team All American selection his senior year. At the end of his career, Steve Stipanovich owned the Missouri record book, ranking first all-time in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Stipanovich was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the second overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft and played 5 seasons with the Pacers. His autograph recognizes both Mizzou & the Pacers.
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