Jackson State alum, Al Smith, will be inducted into JSU Sports Hall of Fame

In his senior year at JSU, Smith averaged 20.2 points per game

ALBANY, GA – Former Jackson State basketball player, Alphonso “Al” Smith, will be inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Smith was an electrifying guard/forward for JSU from 1973-77.  He was a prolific scorer with tremendous leaping ability.  In his senior year, he averaged 20.2 points per game.

The Albany native was drafted in the fifth round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but would be waived prior to the end of his rookie campaign.

He’d spend seven seasons playing minor league basketball following his release, where he averaged 25 points, six rebounds and three assists with the Allentown Jets and Rochester Zeniths.

Smith also spent over 10 seasons playing in Venezuela, where he was a 5-time MVP, and holds the record for most points scored in a game (78), most points scored in a season (1,358), most three pointers in a season (191), most three pointers in a game (13), most free throws in a season (215), most free throws in a game (19), and most blocked shots in a season (96).