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William E. Stevens

Bill Stevens became a starting point guard at The University of Akron as a sophomore. The 5-9 Stevens was an unselfish cager content to be the playmaker who set up others as UA compiled an 18-6 record in 1961-62 and a 22-3 mark in 1962-3. During his 48 games of action, Stevens scored only 348 points for seven points a game. He found himself regulated to a “sixth man” role in his senior season before an academic ineligibility gave him a second chance. Stevens responded in uncharacteristic fashion by going on an offensive rampage while maintaining his playmaker role. He scored 315 points in 18 games for a 17.5 scoring average to help lead Coach Tony Laterza’s Zips to 15 wins, including a 52-51 victory over Wittenburg in the Ohio Conference Championship. The Zips’ season ended at 24-7 with a loss to Evansville in the NCAA College Division Championship and Stevens on the All-Tournament team. With 410 points, Stevens had become only the eighth cager in Zip basketball history to reach 400 points in a season. In 1981, Stevens was inducted in UA’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1996 | Basketball