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Stephen Sir  #22  G

2006-07 STATS

PPG

APG

3P%

RPG

BPG

SPG

15.1

1.6

.488

2.2

0.1

0.5

Birth Place

Minnetonka, MN

Height

6-6

Weight

225 lbs.

Position

G

Experience

4 years

Class

Senior

ProfileGame LogPhotos

Season Averages

SEASON

MIN

PTS

REB

AST

TO

A/T

STL

BLK

PF

FG%

FT%

3P%

PPS

2003-2004

7.5

1.5

.5

1.0

.0

.00

.0

.0

.0

.200

.000

.250

.60

2004-2005

27.2

14.0

3.4

1.5

1.4

1.09

.5

.0

2.0

.469

1.000

.461

1.36

2005-2006

22.9

11.1

1.7

1.3

1.8

.75

.6

.0

1.7

.474

.833

.489

1.42

2006-2007

27.5

15.1

2.2

1.6

1.6

.98

.5

.1

2.2

.469

.880

.488

1.49

2007-2008

Did not play.

 

Season Totals

Rebounds

 

SEASON

GP

MIN

FG

FGA

FTM

FTA

3PM

3PA

PTS

OFF

DEF

TOT

AST

TO

STL

BLK

PF

2003-2004

2

15

1

5

0

0

1

4

3

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

2004-2005

17

463

82

175

15

15

59

128

238

14

43

57

25

23

9

0

34

2005-2006

32

734

118

249

25

30

93

190

354

0

55

55

43

57

20

1

53

2006-2007

30

826

142

303

44

50

124

254

452

6

61

67

48

49

15

2

66

2007-2008

Did not play.

Big Sky Profile: Northern Arizona’s Stephen Sir
(02/13/2007) OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona’s Stephen Sir was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA, and he’s made the most of the opportunity this season. Sir is the national leader in 3-point field goals made per game, and is second in 3-point field goal percentage. Sir currently ranks fourth on the Big Sky’s all-time 3-point field goal list with 251. He’s played just 73 games in a Northern Arizona uniform. Sir Transferred to Northern Arizona from San Diego State, and began playing for the Lumberjacks midway through the 2004-05 season. Sir and the Lumberjacks take on San Jose State this Saturday in an ESPNU BracketBusters game, which can be seen at www.bigskytv.org. Sir spent a few minutes on the phone with Jon Kasper of the Big Sky Conference.


Sport: Basketball
School: Northern Arizona
Position: Guard
Year: Senior
Size: 6-foot-6, 225 pounds
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Let’s get to know Stephen Sir:

Q: Stephen, what would you be doing right now had the NCAA not granted you a sixth year of eligibility, and how glad are you to be playing this season?

A: Very, very glad because last season kind of ended on a sour note, losing to Montana at home in the championship game, and then we had a poor performance in the NIT. I get another crack at it, and the chance to play with a really cool group of guys. I have no idea what I’d be doing. If things had happened like I was hoping, I’d hopefully be playing overseas, somewhere, or back in Edmonton doing God knows what.

Q: Earlier this season, you went through a bit of a shooting slump, where you averaged 4.8 points over five games, and didn’t make a 3-pointer for three games. How did you handle that, and did you figure out what caused it?

A: It was hard. It’s never easy to go through a slump no matter what age you are. Whenever I shot the ball, I didn’t know where it was going. I had no idea what I was doing wrong. It was frustrating. It was definitely getting under my skin. I’m sure I raised my voice at home by myself a couple of times about it. I knew deep down I would come out of it. I talked with my wife, and my parents, and they reiterated that it wouldn’t last forever.

Q: What ever you did it seemed to work. You broke out in a big way, hitting 15-of-19 3-pointers over a two-game span. In league play, you’re averaging 17.6 points per game. You’ve made 4.62 3-pointers per game, and you’re hitting 58.3 percent of your 3-pointers. You’ve hit 99 3-pointers this season, and you’re just seven away from setting the single-season Big Sky record. How do you explain this zone you’re in?

A: I would say it’s being confident when I shoot the ball. When you’re a shooter, it’s important to believe they are all going to go in. I read a funny thing in an article that was kind of bizarre. This NBA player said when he misses a shot it’s because the basketball moved. It wasn’t his fault. I don’t think I lost my mind that much, but as a shooter one of the things you have to believe is the next one is going in. One nice thing about being a sixth-year senior is I don’t have to take a ton of classes. I’m able to get lots of shots up. I get in the gym and prepare for games.

Q: You were born in Minnesota, but grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. How did you not end up playing hockey?

I hate hockey. That’s probably the main reason. I hate it as a sport. I don’t find excitement in a 1-0 game. Basketball has really caught on in Canada. Hockey is No. 1, but there is a good basketball community where I’m from. Kyle Landry (NAU teammate) is from Calgary, right down the road from me. He’s a hockey guy, so he gives me crap sometime. It was cool when the Edmonton Oilers were winning. They were a fun team to watch. My dad owned an art gallery, and some of the players were clients. I still have a signed picture from Wayne Gretzky and Craig MacTavish. Mark Messier and Esa Tikkanen were clients. But I never really got into hockey. I enjoy going to a game live. The last time I skated was in early junior high. People tell me it’s enjoyable, but I find it hard to find the fun. Ice is pretty hard when you fall. I’d rather sit the car and wait for everyone else to be done.

Q: Tell us about moving back to Minnesota for your senior year in high school. Was that all about basketball?

No, actually. My dad owned an art gallery and he expanded to the Mall of America when I was in the eighth grade. We spent the next few years going back and forth between galleries. We always thought one day we’d move back to Minnesota. All of my dad’s family is there, and that’s where the business was. We wanted to sell the one in Edmonton, but it took awhile. We were able to work that out, so we moved my senior year. That was tough because I didn’t know anyone. But I went to a good school, and played with some good guys. It was a new challenge. Playing basketball in Canada was fun, but playing in the states was really cool.

Q: You were recruited by other Big Sky Conference Schools, as well as several other Division I basketball programs. Why did you choose San Diego State, and when you decided to transfer, why NAU?

Well, I decided on San Diego State because I wanted to see if I could play at the Mountain West level. Utah was also recruiting me, but that didn’t go well. I wanted to play in the Mountain West. I don’t regret going to San Diego State. I made some good friends. But I knew in my gut the whole time that (NAU) is the place I should have come to. I fit in the best with the coaching staff. I had a great trip in high school. I went to San Diego State, but in the back of my mind, I knew I should have gone to NAU. When it came time to move on, I thought this is a chance to right the ship and go to the place I should have gone to right away.

Q: NAU has so much talent with yourself, Tyrone Bazy, Ruben Boykin Jr., and Josh Wilson. How dangerous will this team be in the Big Sky Tournament?

We could be pretty dangerous. I read in the Idaho paper the other day that we were the cockiest five-loss team. It’s probably not too far off. We feel like we’re a very talented team that does a lot of different things well. Tyrone is hard to keep in front of you. He’s a tough, outstanding player. Ruben is the best four man in the league, in my opinion. Josh is a tough point guard who can penetrate and distribute. Kyle (Landry) and Ryan (McCurdy) give us a legit five-man presence. We have a very talented team. Everyone on the team is ready for another go. We all remember how close we came last year.

Q: I understand you like to play the viola. How did you get involved in that, and what are some of your favorite things to play?

I got involved with that 100 percent through my mom. She made me play it when I was little. I started when I was 5, and took lessons for about 14 years. I played in some orchestras in Edmonton. I hated it at the time, because it was always fun to go to basketball, and it was always the worst to have to go to that one music practice once a week. Now, I’m glad I did it. I wish I would have done more. It’s one of those things like learning to play guitar or speaking another language that you wished you would’ve done when you were young. Some of the cool things we played were the "Flight of the Bumblebee," pieces from "The Barber of Seville." We played a lot of Mozart, he was probably my favorite.

Q: Do you ever get tired of the "Yes, Sir" headlines?

A: That ran it’s course about eight years ago. Everyone always thinks they are the first guy to come up with that. My dad said they were doing that when he was in high school. It seems like a lot of guys kick a kick out of that. It’s not that big of deal.

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