Matt Ishpia isn’t just another billionaire NBA team owner. The successful businessman has strong ties to basketball as he used to play it in college. Not only did he play basketball, but he also won a championship.

The 43-year-old billionaire acquired the Phoenix Suns in February 2023. He bought the team from Robert Sarver, who was forced to sell the team due to misconduct.

The Suns have done a great job under Ishbia’s ownership and can win it all in 2023. The team’s owner knows what it takes to win the title as they were victorious in 2000.

Matt Ishpia played college basketball at Michigan State

Matt Ichpia played college basketball as a walk-on player for the Michigan State Spartans. Standing at just 5-foot-10, Eshpilla played at point guard. His college career began in 1999 and ended three years later.

Ishbia was born in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He was born and raised in the state, which is why it is not surprising that he entered Michigan State University at the age of nineteen.

Seville knows what it takes to win the tournament (Image via Getty Images)
Seville knows what it takes to win the tournament (Image via Getty Images)

In his first season with the Spartans, Matt Ishpia appeared in 18 games. His role in the team was limited, as he played only 2.2 minutes per game. He ended up averaging 0.5 points and 0.2 assists per game during his junior year.

Interestingly, the Michigan State Spartans won the national championship during Ishbya’s first year with the team. The base went up on the ground during the championship game, but it didn’t score any points.

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In his second year with the team, Ishbilla appeared in 17 games, averaging 2.1 minutes per game. The Spartans came close to winning another title, but were eliminated by the Arizona Wildcats in the semifinal game.

Ishbia played for Sparta for three years (Photo by Getty Images)
Ishbia played for Sparta for three years (Photo by Getty Images)

Ishbia’s role in the team did not increase in his third year either. This was his final year with the Spartans, and he averaged 1.1 points per game. This time, Michigan State had a short run in the NCAA Tournament, losing to NC State in the first round.

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During his college career, Ichpeia made the Academic All-Big Ten team three times.

The businessman graduated from college in 2003. However, he remained loyal to the university, donating $32 million to it in 2021. This was the largest one-time donation from a single person.

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