Report: Smith excited about C's invite
"When my agent told me [about the Celtics' invitation], I was, 'Are you serious?'" said Smith. "Now I'm in the gym two or three times a day. My dad called me and asked, 'Are you working hard?' When I said I was, he said, 'Well, you have to work harder.'"
But Smith has always worked hard. That's what helped get him to the level he reached at USI, where he averaged 21.6 points last season, highest on the team, as the Screaming Eagles posted a 24-3 record.
By the time he was finished, Smith had set a USI single-game mark with 10 3-point field goals and the single-season record of 108 3-pointers made. In addition, he set a school career record by averaging 20.2 points in two years.
He subsequently was named first team all-American by Division II Bulletin and an all-American by the Basketball Times, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Daktronics, and was chosen Division II Player of the Year by Basketball Times.
As for his chances of making the Celtics, Richard Katz, his agent, didn't discount the possibility.
"Anytime you're on a basketball court and in a professional camp and there are 18 players vying for 15 spots, you've got a chance," said Katz. "Jamar has been spending his entire life in a gym getting ready for this opportunity. He'll be ready. I think he's got a chance."
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