K.J. Smith isn’t a terribly big name in the world of college basketball, but it’s one that North Carolina fans will come to know as he is transferring to become a Tar Heel. He is the son of the legendary Tar Heel and NBA champion Kenny Smith who also happens to be one of the analysts on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”
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According to a report from Inside Carolina, he will be a Tar Heel this year, but will sit out per NCAA transfer rules. The 6’2″, 160-pound rising sophomore will likely take a redshirt so that he has three years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 3.2 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 13.0 minutes per game as a freshman at Pacific this past season.
This is what he told Inside Carolina about his transfer:
“I wanted a championship-winning culture where everyone around you just wanted to win. An atmosphere where everyone was dedicated. I was talking to my dad about it, and ever since high school I’ve been a part of these championship programs. I was at Mater Dei in California and they won five-straight state championships. Then I went to IMG Academy in Florida, which is like a basketball player’s paradise. That’s what I want to get at UNC again, that championship environment.”
He should definitely be getting the environment he’s looking for considering they are coming off a national title run that ended with them hoisting the trophy in Phoenix.
[h/t The Spun]