John B. Stroud

Born: October 29, 1957

Hometown: New Albany, MS

Year of Induction: 2009


High School Career

West Union HS, New Albany, MS (1972-1976)

• All-America, All-State (’76)

• MS High School All Star game (’76)

• Lettered in baseball


College Career

University of Mississippi (1976-1980)

• Four-year letterman

• Ended Career with 2,328 points; #2 All-Time SEC scoring behind Pete Maravich

• Three-time Coaches All-SEC team (’78-’80)

• Two-time Consensus All-SEC, AP, & UPI (’79, ‘80)

• SEC Player of the Year, Tuscaloosa, AL, Tip-Off Club (’78)

• SEC Athlete of the Year (’80)

• Two-time SEC scoring leader (’79, ‘80)

• Mississippi Amateur Athlete of the Year (’80)

• Team Captain (’80)

• 3rd team All America, AP (’80)

• Honorable Mention All American, AP (’79)

• Team MVP (’79, ‘80)

• MVP Sugar Bowl Tournament (’80)

• Holds numerous school records including made field goals & free throws; consecutive double figure scoring (61 games)


Professional Career

NBA Houston Rockets (1980-1982)

• 27th player selected overall; Rockets first draft choice (’80)

• NBA Championship Series vs. Boston (’81)

European League Caja De Ronda, Malaga, Spain (1982-1983)


Coaching Career

Alabama Assistant Coach (’1984-1985)
Head boys coach, W.P. Daniel HS, New Albany, MS (1985-1988)

• Overall record 71-24; winning percentage 74.7%

• Two-time Class 3A State Champions (’86, ‘87)

• All Star Coach North squad, MS High School All Star Game

• Coach of the Year, the Clarion Ledger & NE MS Daily Journal (’87)

Head basketball coach, East MS CC, Scooba, MS (1988-1990)

• Led team to first winning season in six years and the school’s first ever state & Region 23 tournament appearances (’89)

• MS JUCO Coach of the Year (’89)

Head men’s coach; assistant AD, Millsaps College Jackson, MS (1990-2003)

• Winningest coach in school history (205)

• Three-time SCAC champions (’95, ‘96, ‘01)

• Three NCAA Tournament Appearances (’95, ‘96, ‘01)

• NCAA tournament Sweet 16 (’95)

• Two-time SCAC Coach of the Year (’96, ‘01)

• Head girls basketball coach, New Albany, MS (2004-time of induction)


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame, Colonel Rebel & Student Senate (1980)

• Outstanding Young Men of America (1987)

• Runner-up Clarion Ledger’s Most Popular Athlete MS sports history (1989)

• West Union HS Alumni Hall of Fame (1991)

• Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame (1995)

• SEC Living Legends Team, Atlanta, GA (1999)

• Millsaps Atheltic Hall of Fame (2005)

• SEC Business Hall of Fame (2007)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2009)


Did You Know?

Stroud’s father John played for a bearded barnstorming professional team known as the Whiskered Wizards in the 1950’s. Young John was recruited by about 100 colleges and his signing by first-year Ole Miss coach Bob Weltlich was considered a coup for the long dormant Rebel’s program. At the time of his induction, Stroud still held the Humphrey Coliseum game scoring record (42 points) at arch-rival Mississippi State.

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