November 17, 1960 |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||De Smet Jesuit
(Creve Coeur, Missouri)
|NBA draft||1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,323 (13.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||3,131 (7.8 rpg)|
|Assists||938 (2.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Stephen Samuel Stipanovich (born November 17, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6-ft 11-inch (211 cm) center from the University of Missouri, Stipanovich was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the second pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. Knee problems limited his career to five seasons, and he retired in 1988 with career totals of 5,323 points and 3,131 rebounds. At Missouri, between November 1979 and March 1983, he and Jon Sundvold helped their coach Norm Stewart to four consecutive winning seasons and NCAA tournament appearances.
Steve "Stipo" Stipanovich, son of Sam and Elaine (Ortmann) Stipanovich, was born and raised in the St. Louis area, where his father ran a funeral home. After attending his freshman year of high school at Chaminade College Prep he transferred to De Smet Jesuit High School in suburban Creve Coeur. While a member of the Spartans basketball team he led them to back-to-back Missouri Class 4A State Championships and a sixty-game winning streak.
At Mizzou Stipanovich was named Big Eight Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. As a senior in college, Stipanovich averaged over 18 points and almost 9 rebounds per game, and dominated the Big Eight Conference. In a nationally televised game, Stipanovich and teammate Greg Cavener combined to stop future NBA number one pick Ralph Sampson and upset top ranked Virginia. He was both an academic All American and a first team All American selection his senior year. His college team won over 100 games in four years.
On the evening of December 27, 1980 Stipanovich accidentally discharged a loaded firearm, hitting himself in the shoulder. He initially told police that a masked intruder, wearing cowboy boots and a flannel shirt broke into his apartment on Sunrise Drive in Columbia, Missouri, and shot him while screaming obscenities about basketball players.
The next day, Stipanovich recanted the story and admitted that he shot himself by accident.
Following his retirement from the NBA Stipanovich tried a variety of careers including real estate sales in Oregon. He eventually returned to the St. Louis area where he is the owner/operator of a coal mine. Stipanovich and his wife Terri are involved with the Mercy Ministries program in the St. Louis area, providing temporary home for young women recovering from abuse.
- "Reverberation Of A Gunshot". Sports Illustrated. December 21, 1981.
- "Steve Stipanovich-Basketball". St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame website. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- Missouri Legends: Famous People From The Show-Me State by John W. Brown. Page 258. Published by Reedy Press, St. Louis, 2008.
- "Mizzou's Steve Stipanovich back home". Lost Lettermen website. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- "Two NFL greats speak at St. Louis luncheon". Mercy Ministries news website. 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2011-11-12.