Mizzou Men’s Basketball legend and all-time leading scorer Derrick Chievous will have his number officially retired during a halftime ceremony during Mizzou’s matchup with No. 5 Kentucky on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Chievous’ No. 3 jersey will hang in the Mizzou Arena rafters forever.
“Derrick Chievous enjoyed one of the greatest careers ever in a Mizzou Basketball uniform, and we look forward to honoring him later this month by permanently hanging his number alongside other Tiger greats in Mizzou Arena,” Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk said. “Derrick is most-deserving of this honor, and I know that our fans will want to be there to share this special moment with him and his family.”
Chievous joins a pantheon of Mizzou Basketball legends who have had their numbers retired, including Jon Sundvold (No. 20), Norm Stewart (No. 22), Willie Smith (No. 30), Doug Smith (No. 34), Steve Stipanovich (No. 40) and Bill Stauffer (No. 43). Chievous was inducted into the Mizzou Hall of Fame in 1996.
Chievous won 82 games under Coach Stewart over four seasons from 1984-1987. He finished his career as Mizzou’s all-time leading scorer with 2,580 points, a feat that still stands today. A two-time First Team All-Big 8 honoree and 1987 All-American, Chievous remains Mizzou’s record holder for career points, single-season points (821), career scoring average (19.9 PPG), career free throws made (784) and single-season free throws made (244).
Chievous’ decorated career was highlighted by a 1987 Big 8 Championship, leading Mizzou to a 24-10 overall record and 11-3 mark in league play. As team captain, Chievous averaged 24.1 points per game, the third-highest scoring average in a single campaign in Mizzou history. His All-American season steered the Tigers to a Big 8 Tournament title in addition to the regular season championship.
Chievous wrapped up his career shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 79.3 percent from the free throw line while totaling 2,580 points, 979 rebounds, 207 assists and 152 steals.
He racked up 33 career double-doubles, tied for the sixth-most by any Tiger in program history. Chievous surpassed the 30-point mark in a game 11 times (the third-most in program history), including six times as a senior. He poured in a career-high 42 points in a 105-96 victory over Virginia Tech on Dec. 16, 1987.
Chievous was selected 16th overall by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He appeared in 154 games over three seasons for the Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers. During his rookie campaign in Houston, he averaged 9.3 points per game.