Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Honors Tiger Greats
Willie Smith and Derrick Chievous are MU Nos. 1 and 2 in career scoring average.
The Band‐Aid Man and Mister Magic, two of Mizzou’s greatest basketball nicknames and legends, are forever linked to a third — Stormin’ Norman.
Derrick Chievous, BGS ’00, played for Coach Norm Stewart from 1985–88 and is Missouri’s all‐time scoring leader with 2,580 points. Willie Smith, BGS ’00, the Tigers’ leader in career scoring average with 23.9 points per game, played for Stewart from 1974–76.
Chievous was known for wearing a Band‐Aid in a different, wound‐free location each game. Smith earned his nickname when he asked the Mizzou band to play jazz artist Grover Washington’s “Mister Magic.”
Both players will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame at a Norm Stewart reunion luncheon Nov. 15, 2012, in Springfield, Mo.
Chevious led the Cats from Ol’ Mizzou to a Big Eight title in 1987 and captured Missouri career marks in free throws attempted (963) and made (764). He also finished second in career rebounds to Steve Stipanovich, BES ’89. Chievous now sits at No. 4 with 979.
“He had an absolutely amazing ability to put points on the board,” Stewart says. “He’s got a great instinct for people and situations. I don’t know if that comes from [his native] New York or living in Boone County long enough to gain it.”
Smith transferred to Mizzou in 1974 after playing junior college ball at Seminole Junior College in Oklahoma. Stewart recruited Smith because of his leadership ability, but when he adjusted his shooting style to lead with the elbow, the 6‐foot‐2‐inch guard became a scoring phenomenon.
“He caught me at the locker room door once at halftime and said, ‘Coach, you need to leave. We’re going to beat these guys by 30 points, and you’ll just make us nervous’ ” says Stewart, whose Tigers ended up winning by Smith’s approximate prediction. “He and I have a great friendship.”
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Smith attended Seminole State College of Florida before transferring to Mizzou. He first attended Seminole Junior College in Oklahoma.