TEAM / Fans & Supporters
Professional Basketball Player, Point Guard at Tezenis Verona
“DRIVE is definitely something that I’m excited to hear about. Milwaukee needs an organization like this to help some of the kids reach their full potential. I grew up with a ton of guys that had so much skill and upside but were never able to reach their goals, mainly because of their situation away from the hardwood. I think DRIVE will be major for our city, and I look forward to helping out in any way possible.”
Jerry Smith played high school ball for Wauwatosa East, where he holds the school’s career scoring record. He earned Wisconsin state player of the year honors and was a three-time allstate selection, the first ever in the state’s history.
Coach Tom Crean of Marquette offered Smith a scholarship, but he eventually signed with Louisville instead. In his debut as a Cardinal, he broke the record for most points scored by a freshman in his first game. On February 17, 2007, he hit a deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Louisville Cardinals a 61-59 upset victory over Marquette University.
Smith started playing for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas, later playing for Springfield Armor in the NBA Development League. In March 2011, he signed with the Waikato Pistons in New Zealand. He was called up by the New Jersey Nets from the Springfield Armor on March 16, 2012, and made his NBA debut with 5 points in 20 minutes against Orlando. He returned to the Armor on March 26, 2012. On July 11, 2012, he signed with Pallacanestro Cantù. He currently plays for Tezenis Verona in Italy.