Cal State Northridge
A knee injury forced the power forward to the sidelines last year ... Now is healthy and ready to play, according to head coach Bobby Braswell ... Jermaine Smith is a player who can block a lot of shots, and coach Braswell is hoping that he can bring that type of defensive presence to the team in 2008-09 ... A power forward who can finish plays around the basket ... Can play both ends of the floor, defends well, blocks shots and rebounds the ball ... Gives the Matadors versatility, athleticism, and depth along the front line ... A great athlete who can get up and down the court, according to coach Braswell ... Runs the floor like a deer.
A knee injury forced him to miss the entire season.
Highly recruited among state junior college power forwards ... As a two-year starter and team captain, helped lead Ohlone College (Fremont, Calif.) to a 49-16 record, a conference title in 2006-07 and two Top-10 state rankings ... During his two seasons, shot 58 percent from the floor, including a state leading 63 percent during his freshman campaign (2005-06) ... During his sophomore season (2006-07), Jermaine helped lead the Renegades to a school record 28-4 record, the Coast Conference championship, the Elite Eight at the 2007 California State Tournament, and a #1 ranking in California ... Averaged eleven points, seven rebounds and nearly three blocks per game in 2006-07 ... Obtained his AA Degree.
Irvington High School
A two-year starter and team captain at Irvington High School in New Jersey ... Helped lead the team to a 26-5 record during his senior season where he averaged 15 points, eleven rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game ... His team won the league title in his senior season ... Helped lead Irvington to the semifinals of the regional tournament ... For his efforts, Jermaine was voted all-state and all-league ... Graduated in 2005.
Born August 21, 1987 ... Mother is Sandra Smith ... Has one brother, Delon (25) and one sister, Melissa (28) ... Also recruited by several schools including Rhode Island, Fresno State and San Jose State ... The Los Angeles Lakers are his favorite NBA team, and Kobe Bryant is his favorite athlete ... Menace to Society is his favorite movie, and watching football on tv is a leisure activity along with listening to music ... Listed his greatest sports moment as blocking 18 shots in a high school game ... Says that if he were NCAA President, he would give student-athletes a stipend ... The person in history he would like to have met was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... If he had a million dollars, he would buy his mother a house ... The best advice he received is to stay in school ... His advice to young people is to work hard ... Kevin Garnett would play the lead role if a movie were made about his life ... He can't imagine going a week without playing basketball ... The people that always make him laugh - his family ... His greatest hero - his family because they have handled many issues ... Sociology major.