TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010
Ben Smith gets workout with the Miami Heat
Ben Smith, JU’s second all-time leading scorer, is getting the opportunity to show his talents at NBA camps – starting this past Saturday with the Miami Heat.
With the trip to the Heat in the books, he is getting invitations from several other teams for a workout.
During a stellar career at JU, Smith scored 1,971 points and became the school’s all-time leader in games played (125), minutes played (4,472), assists (516), steals (230) and free throws made (609). He finished second in 3-pointers made (220).
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Ben to display his ability,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “He is one of the greatest players ever to come through Jacksonville University and is worthy of getting a look from NBA teams.”
Smith led JU to its first 20-win season since 1986 and just the 10th in program history, while guiding the Dolphins to their second straight Atlantic Sun Conference title.
With a berth in the NIT, Smith scored 26 points in the first round at Arizona State, hitting a game-winning 3-pointer with just over a second left in regulation to lift the Dolphins to a 67-66 win, JU’s first postseason win since 1974.
His senior season was one of the best seasons in JU history, scoring 652 points, the sixth highest single-season total ever. He scored 30 points or more in a game three times and went for more than 20 points in a game 17 times.