Steve attended the University of Maryland where he helped lead the Terrapins to a Final Four appearance in 2001 and the NCAA National Championship in 2002. Steve was known for his passing ability, averaging over six assists throughout his college career. He was the first ACC player to compile 1,000 points, 800 Assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals and finished 5th in NCAA all-time career assists with 972. In 2003 Steve’s jersey (#25) became the 15th to be retired in the rafters of Maryland’s Comcast Center. He holds Maryland records for assists (972), games started (136), and minutes played (4,312).
After being named the starting point guard his freshman year, Steve led the Terps with 6.2 assists (third among all NCAA freshmen), becoming the fifth freshman ever to lead Maryland in assists. He set a Maryland freshman record with 217 assists (fourth overall in the ACC), becoming only the fourth Terrapin player ever to surpass 200 assists in a single season and finishing his freshman campaign with the second-best assist total in school history. In addition, Steve tied the freshman class record with 71 steals, ranking second on the squad and fourth in the ACC, and made 37 3-point field goals. Accolades included being named to the ACC All-Freshman team and receiving honorable mention for both the All-ACC team and ACC All-Defensive team.
Steve started 36 games as a sophomore at Maryland. He was the Terps’ floor leader with a school-record 248 assists, averaging 6.9 per game to lead the ACC (9th in the nation). He also averaged 9.4 points and 6 assists in the NCAA Tournament, leading the Terrapins to the Final Four. Steve received an All-ACC team honorable mention and was the second-leading vote recipient among point guards.
Steve started 36 games for the Terrapins’ NCAA National Championship team, leading the ACC in assists for the second straight season with a school-record 7.9 assists per game. Steve also became Maryland’s career assists leader as a junior with 751, and established a new school single-season assist record with 286. He dished his 700th career assist in his 100th career game, against Florida State in the ACC Tournament. Steve was named All-America honorable mention, third team All-ACC, honorable mention ACC All-Defensive team, and second team ACC All-Tournament team.
Steve averaged 11 points per game his senior year. Honors included first-team All-ACC, Associated Press All-America honorable mention, NABC All-District first team, USBWA All-District team, ACC Player of the Week (February 17), and Maryland Basketball Co-Player of the Year (along with Drew Nicholas).