The General’s contributionkey to basketball development
Today, the vast majority of basketball players in the country and outside, in high schools, colleges and universities, connect Sharon’The General’Storr only with the officiating of the game.
His once popular tag,’The General’is seldom used now. When some of the kids hear him referred to in that manner, questions are posed. They probably have a difficult time relating to the fact that the slim chap they see running up and down the court with a whistle in his mouth, was on many occasions, the most dynamic person on the court with a ball in his hand during the 1970s.
In a sense, it is further testimony to the tremendous contribution made to basketball by Storr that the great body of work he has done over the last two decades as a referee is cemented in the minds of most people involved in the game today. His service to basketball as an official certainly merits immense praise.
Let it be known however that the excitement he created during his playing days easily upstages his dedicated work in controlling the game as a referee. As a guard, there were only two better than Storr. In my all-time ranking, I listed Fred’Papa’Smith the No. 1 point guard and Tyrone’Acre’Strachan the backcourt mate because his prolific play as a shooting guard.
Ever since, I’ve gotten into some healthy debates regarding Basil’The Kid’Sands, Dewitt Hanna, Peter Brown, and others not rated by me higher than Storr. To me, Storr was that good. He was indeed a floor general of the highest order, next in my mind, only to the great’Papa’.
When Storr first came onto the scene in the senior league with the Kentucky Colonels, fans were constantly amazed that the little snip of a fellow could be so expansive with his play against tougher-looking opponents.
There was that group of us though who knew of his toughness. We had seen the little fellow run his way without footwear to a gritty third place finish in the high school track and field meet over 400 meters back in 1963. I knew he was tough.
Storr came along at the perfect time to enable the Colonels to maintain a balanced rivalry with the Beck’s Cougars. Before he was put into the starting line-up at the point for Kentucky, my late friend and sports giant Wenty Ford with his one-handed dribble, worked valiantly to get the ball up court against Papa’s tenacious crew that included Jayson Moxey, Sammie’Bookie’Johnson, Peter Brown and Peter Gilcud.
It was getting more and more difficult for Ford. Storr cemented the Colonel’s backcourt and the rest is history.
His genius as’The General’for the rest of the 1970s is in my view, worthy of National Hall of Fame status. Of course, when you add his officiating services, you see even more clearly how much he has contributed to the development in this country to basketball.
Sharon’The General’Storr in his playing days was one of a kind.
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