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Chris Pipkin

Basketball ∙ New Brighton

 

 

 

 

One of the all-time great basketball scorers to come out of Beaver County is New Brighton’s Chris Pipkin. He was a virtual scoring machine at the high school, college and pro levels.

A four year starter at New Brighton, Chris, who graduated in 1989, was a man among boys. The highlight of his first three years was at the prestigious Blackhawk Christmas Classic. There he averaged 43 points over a three game period, capping it with a 55 point performance. The iconic Classic never saw such a performance before or after.

As a senior, Chris was Mr. Everything. He led the WPIAL in scoring with a 31.6 average, was Section MVP, selected first team All-State, played in the Roundball Classic feature game, and was named a sixth team All-American. He scored 1962 career points.

Off to Eastern Michigan University, Chris started some ten games as a freshman, helping his team to a 19 win season. As a sophomore, he played just three games (all as a starter) before fracturing his ankle. That cost him the rest of the season and he received a redshirt.

Chris returned for two more years at EMU, totaling 759 points and 281 rebounds in his three seasons. For his final year, he transferred to Talladega College in Alabama.

At Talladega, he had a marvelous year. He averaged 21 ppg, made All Southern Conference, and was a NAIA third team All-American. He became the school’s first All-American in some 20 years.

Chris then took his talents overseas. He played in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand over the next four years. In Belfast Ireland, he was named the Rookie of the Year and the Import Player of the Year, leading the Stars of the Sea to their first ever regular season title.

The next year, Chris played for the Hobart Hornets in the Australian Pro League. There he was averaging over 30 points a game when he was dealt to the Southland Sharks of New Zealand. With the Sharks, Chris was named MVP for the season and in the National Tournament. He averaged 35 points per contest.

When Chris returned to the States, he got involved in coaching at the high school level at three schools, including one year as Quigley’s head coach. Chris also assisted at CCBC for two years. Chris has also graduated from the police academy. His family includes wife Velentia and children Christiana, Nickolous and Chris Jr. ACCEPTANCE SPEECH