College Basketball Analyst
Stephen Bardo joined ESPN in 2005 as a men’s college basketball analyst. Bardo primarily works the Thursday Night Showcase on ESPN and ESPN2 featuring Big Ten teams, as well as additional games throughout the year.
Bardo began his broadcasting career as the color analyst for the Illini Radio Network covering the University of Illinois men’s basketball program. In 2002, Bardo joined CBS-2 in Chicago as a sports reporter covering all professional, collegiate and high school sports in the Chicago area. Bardo moved to CBS in 2005 as a color analyst during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship first and second rounds.
As the starting point guard all four years at Illinois, Bardo helped the Fighting Illini reach the NCAA Championship each season. During his career, he was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time all-conference team member. In 1989, his team reached the Final Four.
Upon graduating from Illinois, Bardo was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1990 NBA Draft. He went on to have a 10-year career with stops in the NBA, CBA and overseas in France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Venezuela. Right after the draft, Bardo played in the CBA, leading the Wichita Falls Texans to Game 7 of the CBA Championship. In the NBA, he had stops with Detroit, Dallas and San Antonio.
A native of Carbondale, Ill., Bardo graduated from Illinois in 1990 with a degree in speech communications. He was an all-state point guard during his junior and season seasons at Carbondale Community High School.
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