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Full Name: Theron Augustus Smith
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m)/ 225 (102.1 kg)
Birthdate: October 3, 1980 (Bartow, Fla.)
High School: Auburndale HS (Auburndale, Fla.)
College: Ball State

Ball State
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 30-for-75 (.400); 2000-01, 41-for-114 (.360); 2001-02, 45-for-119 (.376); 2002-03, 2-for-11 (182). Totals: 118-for-319 (.370).

Originally an early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration. Decided to pursue a professional career although he would likely have qualified for a medical redshirt after playing in only three games during the 2002-03 season.

Career Highlights: Ranks fourth in school history in career rebounds (882) and seventh in career points (1,599). Recorded double figures in points 85 times and posted 43 double-digit rebounding efforts.

Senior (2002-03): Played in only three games before being forced to sidelines by tendinitis in right knee.

Junior (2001-02): Selected to All-Mid-American Conference First Team, NABC All-District First Team, Basketball Times All-Mideast Team, Mid-Major All-America Team, MAC All-Tournament Team and All-College Classic All-Tournament Team. Honored as First Merchants Classic MVP. Led MAC with 23 double-doubles and ranked second in the nation in that department behind Kansas’ Drew Gooden. Was one of only two MAC players who averaged a double-double. Paced conference in rebounds (10.9 rpg, 8th in nation); was third in scoring (19.6 ppg, 47th in nation); fifth in field goal percentage and 15th in blocks (0.6 bpg). Topped team in scoring or tied for team lead in scoring 21 times and rebounding 29 times. Recorded 20 points and 15 boards in same game five times. Destroyed IPFW with 29 points, season-high 21 boards and six assists. Scored season-high 30 points against Eastern Michigan (to go along with 15 rebounds). Also had strong games against UCLA (22 points), Butler (27 points, nine boards), Oklahoma State (19 points, 10 rebounds, three steals), Eastern Michigan (22 points and 17 rebounds), Marshall (26 points, 17 boards), Buffalo (24 points, 12 rebounds, two steals), and Miami of Ohio (29 points, 11 boards).

Sophomore (2000-01): Was an All-MAC Second Team pick and earned First Merchants Classic MVP award. Averaged 16.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 33.5 mpg. Scored career-high 40 points against Texas Tech. Ripped down season-best 21 rebounds against IPFW to accompany season-high six assists.

Freshman (1999-00): Awarded MAC Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 12.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.

Strengths: Has an excellent mid-range shooting touch and will occasionally venture to college three-point range. Played mostly at power forward in college but is a combo forward prospect for the NBA level. A tough rebounder for his size.

Personal: Has three sisters and six brothers. Named MVP of Florida High School All-Star Game.