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Jerry Smith (basketball, born 1987)

Jerry Smith (born September 26, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Ifaistos Limnou of the Greek Basket League.

Jerry Smith
No. 6 – Ifaistos Limnou
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueGreek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1987-09-26) September 26, 1987 (age 32)
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolWauwatosa East
(Wauwatosa, Wisconsin)
CollegeLouisville (2006–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Undrafted
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2010–2011Springfield Armor
2011Waikato Pistons
2011–2012Springfield Armor
2012New Jersey Nets
2012Springfield Armor
2012–2013Mapooro Cantù
2013–2014Tezenis Verona
2014–2015Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2015–2016Eisbären Bremerhaven
2016–2017Samsunspor
2017Champagne Châlons-Reims
2017–2018Karesi Spor
2018–presentIfaistos Limnou
Career highlights and awards

High schoolEdit

Jerry Smith played for Wauwatosa East High School where he holds the school's career scoring record.[1] When Smith was in eighth grade, coach Tom Crean of Marquette offered him a scholarship, but Smith eventually signed with the Louisville instead.

College careerEdit

He is an alumnus of the University of Louisville men's basketball team. In his debut as a Cardinal, Smith broke the record for most points scored by a freshman in his first game. On February 17, 2007, Smith hit a deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Louisville Cardinals a 61-59 upset victory over Marquette University.

On February 17, 2007 Smith hit a game winning 35 footer at the buzzer. After the February 17 game, Crean gave credit to Jerry, saying that he "made a tough shot." Smith said he was speechless and that "I never dreamed about this."

Prior to college, Smith played AAU basketball for DTA of Milwaukee and the Playground Warriors. He helped the first of the two to a 2nd-place finish in the national tournament.

Professional careerEdit

Smith started playing for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. Later he played for Springfield Armor in the NBA Development League. In March 2011 he signed with Waikato Pistons in New Zealand.[2]

Smith was called up by the New Jersey Nets from the Springfield Armor on March 16, 2012.[3] He made his NBA debut with 5 points in 20 minutes against Orlando. He returned to the Armor on March 26, 2012.[4]

On July 11, 2012, Smith signed with Pallacanestro Cantù.[5] In August 2013, he signed with Tezenis Verona.[6]

In August 2014, he signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israel.[7] On February 8, 2015, he left Maccabi and signed with Eisbären Bremerhaven of the German Basketball Bundesliga.[8] On June 7, 2015, he re-signed with Eisbären Bremerhaven for one more season.[9]

On August 6, 2018, he joined Ifaistos Limnou of the Greek Basket League.[10] On August 7, 2019, Smith renewed his contract with the Greek club for another season.

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) (2017–present)Edit

In the summer of 2017, Smith played in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for Team Challenge ALS. He competed for the $2 million prize in 2017, and for Team Challenge ALS, he averaged 9.2 points per game, also shooting 83 percent from the free-throw line. Smith helped take the sixth-seeded Team Challenge ALS to the Championship Game of the tournament, where they lost in a close game to Overseas Elite 86-83.[11]

In TBT 2018, Smith averaged 2.8 points per game and one steal per game for Team Challenge ALS. They reached the West Regional Championship Game before losing to eventual tournament runner-up Eberlein Drive.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Player Bio: Jerry Smith". Louisville Men's Basketball. CSTV.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  2. ^ Jerry Smith signs with New Zealand team
  3. ^ NETS Sign Jerry Smith to 10-Day Contract
  4. ^ Armor Re-Acquire Jerry Smith, Waive Eugene Spates
  5. ^ Cantu looks to future with rookie playmaker Smith
  6. ^ "Tezenis Verona tabs Jerry Smith". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  7. ^ Jerry Smith signs with Maccabi Rishon LeZion
  8. ^ Eisbaren-Bremerhaven land Jerry Smith
  9. ^ Jerry Smith signs a contract extension with Eisbaren-Bremerhaven
  10. ^ Ifaistos Limnou signed Jerry Smith
  11. ^ "Bracket | The Basketball Tournament". www.thetournament.com. Retrieved 2018-02-27.

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