Connor Named To All-Time Basketball Team

Steve Connor, who averaged 18 points per game from 1974-1978 and helped Boise State earn their first trip to the NCAA Basketball Tournament, has been named to the BroncoCountry All-Time Boise State team. Connor easily outdistanced the field to earn the sixth spot on the team. Voting will continue as we select four more members to the team.

Steve Connor (1974-1978) Connor was part of an amazing freshman class for Connor's father, Head Boise State Coach Bus Connor, which also included forwards Trent Johnson and Dan Jones. Connor finished his Boise State career in 1978 as a four-year starter and the 2nd-leading all-time scorer in Bronco history. An outstanding long-range shooter who would have scored even more had the three-point line been in effect back then, Connor poured in 1,927 points in his career. His average of 18 points per game is also 2nd in the record books to Ron Austin's 20.5 points a game. Both his field goals (771) and field goal attempts (1,718) may never be beaten. He made nearly 100 more field goals than anyone else in Bronco history and attempted 400 more than anyone else. Steve also holds the Bronco record for career assists with 502, 94 more than another four-year starter, Coby Karl. Connor also ranks 3rd in free throws (385) and free throws attempted (486) and sixth in free throw percentage at 79.2% (385-486).

Connor led the Broncos in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons, hitting at a 19.6 points a game clip his last season (4th all-time). In fact, Connor is the only player in Boise State history to have all four seasons ranked in the all-time top 20 in scoring average. Further, he, Chris Childs and Coby Karl are the only Broncos in history to score 400 or more points in a season three times. Connor topped Boise State in free-throw shooting three of his four years, all at 80 percent or above. Lest anyone think he was just a shooter, it couldn't be further from the truth. Honed on basketball skills from a young age from his Coach Dad, Steve understood the game. He led Boise State in assists two of his years—in fact his 5.6 assists per game in 1976-77 is second only to Freddie Williams' mark two years later in Bronco history.

In Connor's freshman year, Boise State was 13-13, the first .500 year since 1971. The Broncos had a nice win over Utah State , and also beat Idaho State , Weber State (twice), Idaho , Northern Arizona , Montana State and Gonzaga in the Big Sky. The following season was the magic year, when Boise State went 18-11 (11-5 in the Big Sky), won the Big Sky Tournament and advanced to the NCAA National Playoffs. One of the non-league losses was to Kansas (61-56); others were to Oregon (76-64), Fresno State (72-70 in overtime) and Arkansas (72-56). Boise State would go 11 seasons before compiling a better record.

The next two years, despite the experience coming back, Boise State faltered with a 10-16 mark in 1976-77 and 13-14 the following year. Connor and the Broncos did get a nice win over Oregon State (76-65) and trounced TCU 69-43 his senior year.

Connor was part of Bronco teams that are ranked second (82 points a game in1974-75) and fourth (79.1 ppg in '75-76) in scoring in the record book. In his freshman year, they were second in rebound average (43.1), third in rebounds (1,120), fifth in field goals (847) and field goal attempts (1,795). In Connor's sophomore year, Boise State set a record for free throws (559) and assists (540) and were second in free-throw percentage (72.8%), third in free throw attempts (768), second in field goals (867), fourth in field goal attempts (1,809) and fifth in rebounds (1,069). In Steve's senior year, he was a major reason why his team ranks third all-time in assists with 489.

Connor was selected to the All-Big Sky Conference team his senior year and second team as a junior. He was a member of the Big Sky Tournament Team in 1976 and 1978. Following his college career, Connor was drafted in the 10th round of the National Basketball Association draft by the Washington Bullets. Appropriately, Connor is one of six basketball players in the Boise State Hall of Fame.

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