Rebels Hoops Star Stroud Inducted Into Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame

JACKSON, Miss. The all-time leading scorer in Ole Miss basketball history, John Stroud has been named a member of the six-person 2009 induction class for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

 

Stroud is joined by former football defensive stars Tyrone Keys of Mississippi State and Natchez native Hugh Green, former Southern Miss coaches Jim Carmody and Jeff Bower and PGA tournament director Robert Morgan.

 

As a standout forward on the court for the Rebels, Stroud earned AP All-America third team honors in 1980 and honorable mention All-America honors in 1979. He was also named SEC Player of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Tip-Off Club in 1980. The New Albany native was an All-SEC first team and NABC All-District first team selection both years. His 2,328 career points is the highest point total in Ole Miss history, and the third-most in SEC history. Stroud led the SEC in scoring in 1979 and 1980 with 26.3 and 25.2 points per game, respectively.

A first-round draft pick by the Houston Rockets in 1980, Stroud was a member of the Houston team that played Boston in the 1981 NBA Finals. He served as a graduate assistant coach at Alabama in 1984 before taking over the head coaching position at East Mississippi in 1988. He then moved to Millsaps in 1990, where he coached from 1991-92 until 2002-03.

At the 1999 SEC Tournament in Atlanta, Stroud was honored as one of the league’s “Living Legends.” He has since been an influential insurance agent and in 2007 was named to the SEC Business Hall of Fame.

 

The six new members will be inducted at the 47th Annual BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on July 31, 2009.

 

With the addition of the Class of 2009 there will be 257 members in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, while Stroud becomes the 63rd member representing Ole Miss and follows 2008 Rebel inductees Coolidge Ball and Jennifer Gillom.


 

 

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