PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah University student Stevie Sansone is the most prolific long-range shooter in college basketball. Statistically speaking, he shot (423) and made (157) more three-pointers this past season than any player in the country — at any level.
Sansone is a junior at Multnomah University, which holds a dual affiliation in the smallest college associations in the country: the National Christian College Athletics Association Division II and the Association of Christian College Athletics.
“Stevie has been a blessing to have in our program,” Coach Curt Bickley said. “He is a great leader and can really shoot the ball.”
When you see him on campus, the 6-foot Sansone appears to be a typical college student. However, meet him on a basketball court and get ready to witness a shooting clinic. Sansone’s smooth form and quick release allow him to drain threes at a rapid clip.
“His off-season shooting program with Mike Penberthy has made a tremendous difference,” Bickley said. “The difference between a good shooter and a great shooter is 1,000 shots a day — that is Stevie.”
Even with his incredible athletic abilities, Sansone possesses the qualities of humility and perspective. Many 21-year-old college athletes might be tempted to boast after accomplishing a feat like this, but not Sansone. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to get Sansone to admit his accomplishment without first watching him blush and redirect the attention.
“I believe that my passion for basketball and for being in the gym is truly from God,” Sansone said. “My hope is that whoever sees me shooting can see that this really is a God-given gift.”
About Multnomah University
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon, with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada, and Seattle, Washington. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.