Larry Bird is one of the all-time greatest basketball players in the history of professional and college basketball. Bird surprisingly began playing basketball as a "thing to do during high school. I believe Bird is of the all time greatest figures ever in the history of basketball.
Larry Bird was born on December 7, 1956. He was the fourth child of Joe and Georgia Bird. He started playing basketball as a sophomore and played the position of guard his sophomore and junior year. He got a lot better in the game during his senior year. During his senior year, he average 30.6 points and 20 rebounds per game. Colleges in the country started to scout him. Bird decided to play for Indiana University, but on his arrival he felt overwhelmed with the size of the campus and he left after only 24 days. He went back to his hometown of French Lick, Indiana and entered Northwood Institute for a short time. He finally then changed his mind back to original though, and headed back to Indiana University. He had to sit out for his first season there since he came back mid-season. He began his first season playing career with the Sycamores in 1976 and emerged a national collegiate start soon after. (Michael Goodman, pg 21-25)