As a Junior in 2000-01: hit 5-7 FGs vs. Boston U. (11/25/00)... grabbed eight rebs. with a pair of blocks at South Florida (11/28/00)... came off the bench to spark GW with 14 pts., seven rebs. and a pair of blocks against #13 Maryland (12/3/00) ... made his second start of the season at Duquesne (1/23/01)... added eight pts. with five rebs. and three blocks at Xavier (2/3/01) ... had a complete game vs. Duquesne with 3-4 FGs, 6-6 FTs, 12 pts., five rebs., three assists and four blocks in 30 minutes (2/11/01)... hit 3-4 FGs for 10 pts. with a pair of steals at Dayton (2/17/01)... hit 8-12 FGs for season-high 19 pts. and had two blocks in overtime loss to Temple (3/3/01)... team leader in blocked shots with 30.
As a Sophomore in 1999-2000: GW's most improved player after his freshman season was cut short following the discovery of a lower abdominal hernia... (underwent surgery Feb. 5, 1999 to repair the hernia and missed the remainder of the season)... had two blocks and three rebs. vs. #19 Maryland in BB&T championship (12/5/99)... missed the UNCC and ODU games to attend his father's funeral in Boston (12/31/99)... played 15 minutes vs. Duquesne scoring seven pts. with two rebs., two steals and two blocks (1/8/00)... hit his only FG attempt and had a resounding block at Virginia Tech (1/15/00)... had a strong game with 15 pts. nine rebs. 5-8 FGs, including a pair of threes and two blocks at St. Joseph's (1/19/00)... tallied eight pts. and career-high three blocks vs. St. Bonaventure (1/26/00)... shot 5-8 FGs, including a three, for 12 pts. vs. La Salle (1/29/00)... had his best game at Duquesne with 18 pts., nine rebs. and a career-high four blocks (2/2/00)... swatted four blocks with 10 pts. at Xavier (2/22/00)... had the best game of his college career with 24 pts., eight rebs., three steals at Fordham (2/26/00)... team leader in blocked shots with 33.
As a Freshman in 1998-99: Made his first collegiate appearance against GMU in season-opener (11/13/98)... played 15 minutes at American and grabbed six rebs. with a block (12/2/98)... missed the final month of the season after hernia surgery (Feb. 5).
High School: Averaged 13 points and seven rebounds a game as a senior at the Winchendon School under coach Mike Byrnes... along with fellow Colonials recruit Albert Roma, Smith helped lead Winchendon to a 26-7 record as a senior and a 25-5 record as a junior... once shattered a backboard during pre-game warmups... has competed in the Boston Shootout which features the top 10 players in the Boston area both his junior and senior years... Honor Roll student his senior year.
Personal: Born January 13, 1979 in Boston, MA... full name is Jaason J. Smith... son of Sandra Smith... has three older sisters Pontaya (30), Lisa (28) and Tammy (24) and one younger sister, Leona (20)... majoring in communications.
Smith's Career Highs:
Points: 24 @ Fordham (2/26/00)
Rebs: 9 @ St. Joseph's (1/19/00);
@ Duquesne (2/2/00)
Assists: 1 (nine times), last @ Fordham (2/26/00)
Steals: 3 @ Fordham (2/26/00)
Blocks: 4 (four times), last vs. #5 Temple (3/4/00)
3-Pt FGs: 2 (three times), last vs. #5 Temple (3/4/00)
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