Larry “Mr. Mean” Smith

LarrySmithBorn: January 18 1958
Hometown: Hollandale, MS (Born in Rolling Fork)
Year of Induction: 2016

Hollandale Simmons High, 1974-76

  • A late bloomer, he was a two-year basketball letterman at Simmons
  • Class Salutatorian, 1976

Alcorn State, 1976-1980

  • Averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds over four years at Alcorn, playing for fellow Hall of Famer, the late Davey Whitney
  • Led Alcorn to a 27-0 regular season record his junior season.
  • Led the Braves to an historic 80-78 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville in the NIT his junior season, scoring the winning basket
  • Averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game as a senior

NBA, 1980-93

  • Drafted in first round, 24th pick overall, by the Golden State Warriors
  • His 14-year career included stints with the Warriors, the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs
  • Made the NBA All-Rookie team in 1980-81
  • Led the NBA in offensive rebounds in 1985-86
  • Averaged 9.2 rebounds per game for his career
  • Scored 5,904 points in his NBA career, shooting 53.1 percent from the field
  • Later served as an assistant coach for the Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers

Did you know

  • Smith, off the court one of the nicest folks you’ll meet, was nicknamed “Mr. Mean” by then-Alcorn State sports information director Gus Howard, who said that on the court Smith never smiled and usually had a scowl on his face.