Willis Smith played basketball for David Lipscomb College from 1980-1982. After being named Most Valuable Player in the Alabama Junior College All-Star game, Willis would sign with the Bisons where he made an immediate impact on the Lipscomb basketball program. In his first year he led the Bisons to the District 24 Championship game. In 1981-82, his senior season, Willis lead Lipscomb to the NAIA National Tournament. It was the first time in school history Lipscomb had advanced to the NAIA National Tournament and was the beginning of establishing Lipscomb as one of the most successful programs in college basketball. During Willis’ junior season he led the Bisons to a school record 25 wins. His senior season the Bisons set a new school record with 33 wins. In only two seasons Willis finished as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,031 career points.