A year after the announcement of his selection to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, John Stroud will be inducted this Friday during ceremonies in Jackson. Stroud, a West Union and Ole Miss alum, has made a name for himself as both a player and coach, and looks forward to the great honor he will receive this week.
“This is something we’ve looked forward to for the past year,” Stroud said. “I’ve been inducted into hall of fames before, but this is the biggest one. I’m excited to be inducted along with other great athletes from different sports, and it’s amazing to see how a kid from a small public high school in Mississippi can make it into the state’s hall of fame. It’s unbelievable, and I’m excited because I’ve had a great basketball career.”
The New Albany head coach made his name as one of the best players in Ole Miss history, as his 2,328 points is the most in school history and third in SEC history. Named the SEC Athlete of the Year, as well as to the NABC All-District first team in 1980, Stroud moved on to the NBA, as he was drafted in the first round by the Houston Rockets before going into coaching.
Stroud will be inducted along with Tyrone Keys, Hugh Green, Jim Carmody, Jeff Bower and Robert Morgan on Friday, and take part in festivities throughout the weekend, including an autograph session on Saturday and a fundraiser and auction set for Saturday evening.
Keeping with his contributions to the community, Stroud also held his annual basketball camp last week, bringing in 32 girls for the week-long event.
“It was a good week, and we had a good group to teach,” Stroud explained. “It’s great to be able to work with the kids in Union County and get them prepared for the upcoming season.”
Working on fundamentals, Stroud and his staff taught the campers things they can work on in order to improve individually.
“We showed them things that they can work on by themselves at home,” Stroud said. “Unlike with football and baseball where you have to work on things as a team, with basketball you can work on elements of your game by yourself. You don’t necessarily have to have someone working with you, so that’s what we wanted the kids to take from the camp, as we showed them drills and things they can work on by themselves.”
With his camp and what is sure to be another successful season ahead for the Lady Bulldogs, Stroud is showing no signs of slowing down in the future, as his hall of fame induction proves his greatness and continuing success in Union County.