Josh Stroud, right, signs a letter of intent to play for SCC while his father, John, looks on.
Stroud, a 2011 graduate of Fairdale High School, was ranked
among the top 20 high school players in Kentucky heading into his
senior season. He attracted attention from several colleges shortly
after his freshman season at Fairdale.
Aaron Block, assistant men's basketball coach for SCC, said
Stroud has enormous potential.
"Josh is a young man blessed with a lot of talent," Block
said. "He plays with a lot of energy. He plays above the rim, runs
like a greyhound and will 'D' you up. We feel that Josh has barely
touched his potential, and when that happens, he will have a chance
to make a big statement on the national scene."
The Storm finished with a 20-11 record this past season, losing
to Bismarck State College in the district championship game
Stroud averaged 20.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game his senior
year of high school. As a four-year starter, he passed the 1,000
career point mark midway through his senior year and ended his high
school career just above the 1,300-point mark. He scored 20 or more
points in 13 games as a senior and recorded three games of 30
points or more. He had back-to-back games of 30 and 31 points in
rivalry games in late January 2011.
He earned Third-Team All-Sixth Region as a junior and entered
that season as one of the top basketball prospects in Kentucky. He
averaged nearly 10 points per game as a sophomore.
After that sophomore season Stroud received scholarship offers
from Oregon State and Oklahoma State. He also received letters from
Iowa, Marshall, Colorado, Morehead State, Wright State, and
Stroud, the son of John and Gloria Stroud, studied his year out
of high school at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin,
Tenn., but he did not play basketball.