Barry Stevens’ impact on
Stevens’ numbers and honors tell the story of his impact on the ISU basketball program. The
The 6-5 swingman showed Cyclone fans a glimpse of his greatness as a sophomore in 1983, averaging 16.5 ppg. His 40-point performance to help ISU upset No. 10 Missouri in
Stevens continued to improve as a junior in 1984, averaging 22.2 ppg en route to first-team all-Big Eight honors. Stevens led ISU to a 16-13 mark, its first winning record since 1978, and to an NIT berth, ISU’s first postseason appearance in 40 years. The gradual improvement of Stevens and the Cyclones came full circle in his senior year in 1985. Stevens, who averaged 21.7 ppg in his final campaign, paced ISU to a then-school record 21 wins, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament, ISU’s first NCAA berth since 1944. ISU also advanced to the championship game of the Big Eight Tournament, as Stevens earned all-tournament honors.
Stevens’ quickness and uncanny long-range shooting ability enabled him to break virtually every school scoring record. Besides becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, his 739 points broke the single-season record (it now ranks third) and he established the single-game scoring mark (now the second-best) by pouring in 47 points vs.
After his brilliant career ended, Stevens was named ISU Athlete of the Year and was selected in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. After being one of the last players cut by the Nuggets, Stevens bounced around the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for a number of years. In 1993, Stevens was signed to a 10-day contract by the Golden State Warriors, becoming one of 13 Cyclones to don an NBA uniform. He later was a head coach in the CBA.
Stevens passed away suddenly in Feb. 2007, at the age of 43 after a heart attack.