Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Hall of Famer Katie Smith would be attractive candidate, why not OSU some day?

by Clayton Hall
Friday, May 1st 2020

SPRINGFIELD, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 enshrinee Katie Smith speaks during the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on September 7, 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Buckeye basketball legend Katie Smith is like many these days, biding her time until she returns to coaching in the WNBA.
We caught up with Smith in Columbus and discussed a number of topics surrounding her career.
She has done it all so why not take a run at the coaching job at her beloved alma mater. "Some day maybe, Kevin McGuff is doing such a good job. I love my university," Smith told ABC-6. "I would love to get back there in any capacity."
She was hired in January as an assistant coach by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx where she began her pro career.
Basketball has been Smith's life she her fabled high school days as the pride of Logan High School in Southeast Ohio.
She was so good at Ohio State she set Big 10 scoring records for men's and women's basketball. She was part of an Ohio State team that reached the National Championship as a freshman.
On to the WNBA. Smith played in a total of 482 regular season games with five different teams (Minnesota, Detroit, Washington, Seattle, New York) and averaged 13.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She helped guide the Lynx to their first-ever playoff appearance in 2003, averaging 18.2 points (on a career-high 45.7% from the field, including 39.0% from long distance), a career-high 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while being named to the All-WNBA First Team for the second time in her career (also 2001).
Smith was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, Mass.) in September 2018 and was also inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, Tenn.) in June 2018.
A two-time WNBA champion in 2006 and 2008 with Detroit, where she played under then-Shock-assistant Reeve, Smith earned Finals MVP honors in 2008. She was a seven-time All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009) and was the first player in WNBA history to win All-Star games with both conferences.
Smith was a decorated member of the United States Women’s National Team, earning gold at three straight Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008) and gold at the 1998 and 2002 FIBA World Championships for Women.
Smith joins the Lynx staff after serving as the head coach of the New York Liberty for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Before taking over head coaching duties, she spent three years as a member of Bill Laimbeer’s staff with the Liberty, being elevated to Associate Head Coach prior to the 2016 season.
With the Lynx, Smith will be the lead assistant on Reeve’s staff, assisting in the team’s scouting efforts, talent evaluation, in-game analysis and player development.

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