Who is Lamont Strothers?
Born in Nansemond County, Virginia, Strothers’ parents Calvin and Brenda separated when we was three years old. His mother was later remarried to a strict military man when he was five. His only brother, Calvin Jr., played football and basketball at New Hampshire but gave up sports to join the military.
Strothers was a shooter for the Forest Glen high school varsity in Suffolk, Virginia. As a senior in 1986, his vision was impaired after being struck in the left eye by brass knuckles in a fistfight. After a year, Strothers was barred from signing up for the military because of his impaired vision. He then worked at a meatpacking plant and played in recreational leagues. Strothers turned down a partial scholarship offer from Georgia because of difficulty paying half the tuition. While playing in a recreational league, Strothers was offered a scholarship by Christopher Newport University assistant basketball coach Roland Ross. Strothers played four years at Christopher Newport University from 1987–1991, scoring 2,709 points for an average of 23.3 points per game. For leading his team to a 21–4 record ten route to the Dixie Conference championship, he was named first-team All-American and Division III Player of the Year by Basketball Times in 1991. Strothers finished his collegiate career as the third all-time leading scorer in Division III history.
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