As one of King’s most prolific scorers in men’s basketball history, Larry Sharrett has solidified himself in the Tornado record books in a variety of offensive categories. Sharrett rests with the fifth-most points in school history after he amassed 1,612 points over his four-year career with the Tornado. During his tenure, he helped the Tornado to a 15-win turnaround from his freshman to senior seasons.
He highlighted his career as a senior when he scored 574 points (sixth-most in a single season) in 1998, averaging 16.9 points per game, and leading his team to a 20-14 overall record. He served as a major three-point shooting threat having made the second-most threes in a single season (100), hitting nearly 43 percent of all his long-range shots that year. That season, Sharrett and the Tornado went on to win the TVAC championship and play in the NAIA National Tournament. Following the season, he was named to the NAIA All-American third team.
In his last three seasons, Sharrett shot better than 40 percent from both field-goal range and three-point range while totaling more than 400 points each year. As his career matured, his defensive play improved. In both his junior and senior seasons, he tallied double-digit block totals and in his last three years he had 35 or more steals, topping the charts with 42 during his senior campaign.
Sharrett has and continues to serve as a Christian missionary in Bulgaria after a playing professional basketball in the country and is heavily involved in Athletes in Action.
Scott Polsgrove (head coach) on Larry
“Putting Larry in the Hall of Fame, I believe, is a no-brainer. He was a great basketball player but he is an even better person. Larry and I are still very close and support him as a missionary.”
Mark Pendleton (classmate) on Larry
“Larry’s example of Christian service motivated me and his classmates to be better people and followers of Christ. During his time on campus, Larry was an ambassador for the school while forming close relationships with students, faculty, and staff.”