IU basketball legend Keith Smart joined the House of Hoosier podcast with A.J. Guyton. Smart is best known for his game-winning shot in the 1987 national championship game, but the IU Hall of Fame inductee has had many more accomplishments during his basketball career.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Smart was an improbable addition to the Hoosiers coming out of high school. He was only around 5-foot-7 as a senior at McKinley High School and was limited to just three games in his final season there because of a broken arm. He began his collegiate career at Garden City Community College where he gained the attention of the IU coaching staff by earning Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore.
6-foot-1 by the time he arrived at IU, Smart started 52 games for the Hoosiers, averaging 13.2 points as a senior and 11.2 points as a junior. He was named Co-MVP of the team in 1988 and is tied for the IU single-game record with 15 assists which he recorded in an NCAA tournament game win over Auburn in 1987.
Smart was drafted by the Golden State Warriors and was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs. He has served as a head coach in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings and has been on the staff of other teams in various roles.
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