PLAYER PROFILE

BEN STEPHENS

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Ben Stephens enjoyed an excellent college career at the University of Iowa in the late 1930s as a fast-moving guard. In his senior (1938-39) season, he was named to the All-Big Ten squad and also received some honorable mention as an All-American. After graduation, Stephens signed to play professional basketball with the Goodyear Tire Corporation of Akron, Ohio which sponsored a team in the National Basketball League. In the fall of 1939, Stephens joined an experienced squad and quickly impressed teammates and opponents alike with his hustle and determination. In his rookie season he displayed a fine set shot and great skill at penetrating to the basket. Stephens was a named to the NBL all-star team each of his three seasons in the league. In 1940-41, he led the NBL in scoring and was named the league’s MVP. In 1942, the Goodyear Corporation dropped its sponsorship of a professional basketball team. Stephens choose to remain with the company effectively ending his pro basketball career at age 25.

 

 

BEN STEPHENS Height: 6:00 Weight: 175 College: Iowa’39
Benjamin M. Stephens Born: Nov 27, 1916 Died: Apr, 1966 Hometown: Cambridge, Ill.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1939-40 Akron Goodyear NBL 28 91 113 156 .724 295 10.5
1940-41 Akron Goodyear NBL 24 98 69 106 .651 265 11.0
1941-42 Akron Goodyear NBL 24 81 60 88 .682 222 9.3
1941-42 East Liverpool Fleetwings Indep
1942-43 Akron Goodyear Indep
1942-43 Akron Collegians Indep
1947-48 Akron Collegians Indep
Major League Totals 76 270 242 782 10.3
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1941-42 Akron Goodyear NBL 3 13 13 39 13.0
1942-43 Akron Collegians WBT 1 5 2 3 .667 12 12.0
Major League Totals 4 18 15 51 12.8
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