Billy Shepherd

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Billy Shepherd
No. 21, 20, 6 – Retired
Position Guard
League ABA
Personal information
Born (1949-11-18) November 18, 1949 (age 65)
Bedford, Indiana
Nationality United States American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
High school Carmel High School,
Carmel, Indiana
College Butler
NBA draft 1972 / ABA, Virginia Squires
Pro career 1972/73–1974/75
Career history
Virginia Squires, 1972/73
San Diego Conquistadors, 1973/74
Memphis Sounds, 1974/75
Career highlights and awards
1968: Indiana "Mr. Basketball" award

Bill "Billy" L. Shepherd, Jr. (born November 18, 1949 in Bedford, Indiana) is a former American basketball player.

A 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) guard, Shepherd played at Carmel High School in Indiana, where he was coached by his father, Bill Shepherd, Sr. He scored 2,465 points in four years and was selected as Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1968.[1] He then played at Butler University, also his father's alma mater, from 1969 to 1972, and set school records for highest career scoring average (24.1 points per game) and highest scoring average in a season (27.8 points per game).[2]

From 1972 to 1975, Shepherd played in the American Basketball Association as a member of the Virginia Squires, San Diego Conquistadors, and Memphis Sounds. He averaged 5.7 points per game in his professional career, and led the ABA in three-point field goal percentage (.420) during the 1974–75 season.[3] Afterward, he worked as a scout for Marty Blake.[4] Shepherd was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.[1]


  1. ^ a b Billy Shepherd. Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Retrieved on July 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Butler Men's Basketball Media Guide. Retrieved on July 20, 2009.
  3. ^ Billy Shepherd statistics. Retrieved on July 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Jeff Rabjohns. "Eric Gordon is a big shot. But how does this player compare with Indiana's shooting legends?". April 8, 2007. Retrieved on July 20, 2009.