Two games into the junior-varsity season in his sophomore year at Springs Valley High School, Larry breaks his ankle. Unable to shake the basketball bug, he works on his shooting and passing while recuperating.
The 6' 3" Bird completes his first season on the varsity, averaging 16.0 points, 9.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists and leading the Black Hawks to a 19-3 record.
As a 6' 7" senior, Bird averages 30.6 points, an astounding 20.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists as Springs Valley goes 21-4. Bird's high-school career ends with a 63-58 loss to Bedford in the regional final. Despite his numbers, Bird is only honorable mention all-state.