Wednesday, February 20, 2019

John Stroud

John Ralph Stroud


Born:
August 30, 1926
Mississippi

Died:
November 29, 1969



Career
1942-43 Macedonia High School - Mississippi (High School)
1943-44 Macedonia High School - Mississippi (High School)
1944-45 Macedonia High School - Mississippi (High School)
1945-46 Macedonia High School - Mississippi (High School)
1946-47 Kessler Field (Military)
1947-48 Jackson Senators (SPBL)
1948-49 Laurel Oilers (SPBL)
1950-51 Northeast Community College - Booneville, MS (College)
1950-51 Prairie - Mississippi (Independent)
1952-53 Whiskered Wizards (Independent)
1953-54 Whiskered Wizards (Independent)
1954-55 Whiskered Wizards (Independent) 


In 1951, Northeast Community College in Booneville, Mississippi, was trying to win the JuCo National Basketball Championship. Coach Bonner Arnold recruited is friend, Johnny Stroud, to play for him. Stroud, who averaged 20.8 and 17.3 PPG in the Southern League a couple years prior, was a dominant force in the tournament, scoring 24 points in the semi-finals and 44 games in the final, which Northeast lost. Later, the school had to forfeit its runner-up trophy due to Stroud's professional stint in the Southern League.

Stroud died of a massive heart attack in 1969 at the age of 43.

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