Believe it or not, Brad Stevens was once the best player on the court in his heydays before becoming a head coach and eventual team President of the Boston Celtics.
Stevens was arguably the best high school athlete in the state of Indiana in the early 90’s. He earned First Team Academic All-State in basketball in all four years, eventually graduating at the top of his class.
He left Zionsville High School as the all-time leader in points (1508), assists (491), steals (157), and 3-pointers (138). He was sectional MVP in 1995 by leading the state in sectional play with 32.3 points per game.
Stevens decided to go to DePauw University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics after his four years on the court. It didn’t take long for Stevens to make his name known in his first collegiate season.
As a freshman, Stevens played in every game and even started three of them. By the time he was a sophomore, he was second on the team in scoring with 8.8 points per game and hit double figures in nine games.
By the time Stevens was a junior, he finished the season still second on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg) and led the Tigers in six games. He hit career highs with a 24-point game that included going 12-12 from the free throw line.
As a senior, Stevens was as consistent and reliable as he’s always been. He received the Coaches’ Award as he wrapped up his impressive college career.
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Photo Credit: DePauw University Athletics, Zionsville Monthly Magazine