Curt Smith (basketball)

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Curt Smith
Personal information
Born 1971
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Career information
College Compton College (1990–1992)
Drake (1992–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Undrafted
Position Point guard
Career highlights and awards

Curt "Trouble" Smith (born 1971)[1] is an American former basketball player best known as a streetball legend in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas.[2] He played college basketball at Compton College and then Drake University. While at Drake, Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year as a junior in 1992–93.[3]

In high school, Smith was an All-American who was chosen to play in the Capital Classic in 1989, which was the premier All-American showcase game at the time.[4] He matched up opposite Kenny Anderson, who was considered the best high school basketball player ever (pre-LeBron James), yet Smith outplayed him.[4]

Smith then spent his first two college basketball seasons playing at Compton College, now called El Camino College, in Compton, California.[3] After lighting it up at the junior college level—he once scored 48 points against Harbor Community College—he moved on to play NCAA Division I ball at Drake.[3][5] During his first season playing for the Bulldogs, Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference's Newcomer of the Year as well as its player of the year, earning the rare double honor.[3] That season he averaged approximately 21 points, 5 assists and 3 steals per game while helping to turn the program around after bad seasons the previous years.[3]

He failed to repeat as the player of the year as a senior in 1993–94. After college he played professional basketball, including stints in the International Basketball League and United States Basketball League.[1] In 1997–98, Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of the USBL.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Curt Smith". Eurobasket, Inc. 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Weidie, Kevin (August 10, 2010). "Steve Francis Doesn't Even Own The D.C. Courts. Just Ask Curt Smith". SB Nation. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Drake player wins two league honors". The Daily Reporter. Des Moines, IA. March 3, 1993. p. 3. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Caputo, Matt (April 10, 2008). "Coming this Sunday: The Under Armour Capital Classic". SLAM Magazine. Source Interlink Magazines, LLC. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sheinin, Dave (February 13, 1992). "Harbor Can't Keep Pace With Compton : Basketball: Tartars' Curt Smith and Jason Carmichael combine for 73 points in 109-102 victory". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top 20 and Beyond: USBL 20th Anniversary Team". United States Basketball League. June 21, 2005. Archived from the original on March 11, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013.