Michael Stephens made his home on the basketball court. A three-year starter for the Indians, he was named All-Napa County as a sophomore and junior, and during his senior year, was named Napa County Player of the Year.
The 6’10” team captain led Napa High to a 19-8 finish during his senior campaign, advancing to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, while also being named team MVP, All-Monticello Empire League and MVP of the Wine Valley, Folsom and Livermore Tournaments. His accomplishments on the court also earned him All-Bay Area First Team, All-Metro Area First Team and he was also a McDonald’s All-American Nominee. During his senior campaign, Stephens averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals per game.
Off the court, Stephens excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.2 GPA while carrying a full academic load. Recruited by many teams, Stephens went on to play basketball at Princeton, with the Tigers winning the Ivy League Championship twice and also playing in the NIT and NCAA Championship Tournaments. Having completed his degree in economics in 2005, Stephens was offered a professional contract to play basketball in Portugal, but opted to start his career in global investment banking.
Entering in his first year of eligibility, Stephens joins his brother Derek and sister Mandy in the Napa High School Hall of Fame. As of 2016, he lives in Mendon, Massachusetts with his wife Kathie and their family.