Hall of Fame Inductee - Larry Gross
The name of Larry Gross was uttered more than once by Quincy
basketball fans early in the decade of the 60's. The 6'-3" Gross earned a
varsity letter for Sherrill Hanks as a sophomore, scoring 167 points
for a team that wen 21-6. As a junior Gross was on of the key players as
the Devils posted a 28-4 record while bringing home third place
hardware from the state tournament. Gross, who led the team in
rebounding, was third in scoring, and shared the Most Valuable Player
award with Kenny Wilson and Rick Rineberg. With Gross leading the way,
Quincy High School put together a 25-5 record for the 62-63 season,
before bowing out in the sectionals. For the Devils, it was a record
setting year (6 single game records). For Gross, it was a high school
player's dream come true. He lead Quincy in scoring (501 points), free
throw percentage and was named as the team's MVP for the second straight
season. In additions Gross was chosen to the ten man first team of both
the prestigious Associate Press and Chicago Daily News All-State teams.
After graduation, Gross attended the University of Missouri on a
basketball scholarship. He left Mizzou a short time later, choosing to
move to Jacksonville to be near his ailing father. While in
Jacksonville, Gross attended McMurray College, where he earned a BA in
psychology. After a 21 month stint in the Army, Gross worked at and
attended Bowling Green State University - earning a MA in student
administration. He completed his education at the University of Purdue,
where he finished his PH.D in counseling and personnel administration.
Larry Gross currently resides in Florida where he is Director of the
Florida Center for Public Management in the Institute of Science and
Public Affairs at Florida State University.
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