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Willis Smith
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
TYPE
Athlete
YEAR INDUCTED
1999

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.

Hall of Fame Nominations

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To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please forward nomination material to Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb University Athletics, One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951. The formal deadline for nominations is December 1 of the year prior to induction. To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please provide as much data as possible in support of your nomination.

Nominees must fall into one of three categories with the following criteria taken into consideration:

  • Athlete: Career statistics; Conference, Regional, All-American and National honors; Leadership, service and continued support of Lipscomb University are all taken into consideration for each nominee.
  • Coach: Career record; Length of tenure, number of all-conference, all-region, all-american and scholar-athletes, as well as, impact made on the school. Post Lipscomb success is also taken into consideration for the Coach category
  • Meritorious Service: Truly exceptional contributions and service to the athletic program by one who does not qualify for the athlete or coach category.