August 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM CDT - Updated June 28 at 2:31 AM
Former University of Southern Indiana All-American and Basketball Times2010 Division II Player of the Year Jamar Smith has signed with the Boston Celtics. Smith has partial guarantees on minimum-contract deals in hopes of earning a roster spot at training camp.
Smith appeared in 44 games last season for BK Prostov in the Czech Republic, averaging 14.8 points and 2.5 assists. He played for the Celtics during the 2012 Orlando Summer League and averaged 9.2 points, while shooting 45 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
The 2010 Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year was with the Celtics during the 2010-11 training camp after leading the Screaming Eagles to a 24-3 mark (a school record .889 winning percentage and 23 game winning streak) in 2009-10. Smith played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League following the 2010-11 training camp.
With USI in 2009-10, Smith led the team and the GLVC with 21.6 points per game and finished his career with a USI record 20.2 points per contest. He set the Physical Activities Center record for scoring with 40 points against the University of Illinois-Springfield and set the USI single-game (10) and season-record (108) for three-point field goals made.
Smith was honored after the 2009-10 season by being named All-American by Basketball Times, Division II Bulletin, NABC, and Daktronics. He also was named first team All-Region and the Midwest Region Player of the Year.