SEC Network college basketball analyst Jon Sundvold has seen his No. 20 Missouri jersey hanging in the Mizzou Arena rafters many times since his Tigers heyday in the 1970s and ’80s.
This week, however, was the first time he saw a bronze bust of himself. On Sunday, prior to the SEC Network’s Maryland Eastern-Shore-Missouri telecast from Columbia, Mo., Sundvold was honored as a “Missouri Sports Legend” by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
The former All-American point guard is one of only two players to take the Tigers to four consecutive league championships. Sundvold later became a first-round NBA draft pick and played nine years in the league.
He was inducted into the University of Missouri Hall of Fame in 1990 and voted the MVP of Missouri’s All-Decade Team.
“When honors come, it reminds me of how many have touched my life throughout this journey,” said Sundvold, who joined ESPN in 1994. “Coaches, teammates, camp counselors, friends and even opponents end up defining our path. With each bounce of the ball, as a youngster to professional ranks, whether in a snowy backyard or on the hardwood of Madison Square Garden, goals were set and achieved and dreams fulfilled. It was an honor to represent my home state university.”
Sundvold returns to the road tonight with play-by-play commentator John Saunders in Baton Rouge, La., to call the South Alabama-LSU men’s basketball game on SEC Network (9 p.m. ET). Sundvold will be analyzing the play of touted LSU freshman Ben Simmons.
Sundvold’s bust can be seen at the Missouri Sports Hall Of Fame in Springfield, Mo.