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Smith shows he can be an offensive force

Updated: March 22, 2006, 9:35 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- The instructions were to be patient. Take what the Air Force defense was giving. But Illinois freshman Jamar Smith wasn't exactly listening.

"Any shooter, once you're in the zone, it's hard to take him out," Smith said. "So I just kept shooting."

Even right in front of head coach Bruce Weber, who was in the middle of barking "be patient," Smith picked up his dribble, unleashed a 3-pointer and watched it fall. As he headed back down the floor, the freshman turned to his coach ...

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