Adrian Smith to be inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame as part of 1960 U.S. Olympic team

Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith

Former UK men’s basketball standout, and member of Adolph Rupp’s 1958 Fiddlin’ Five National Championship team, Adrian “Odie” Smith will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1960 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic basketball team.  “I never thought something like this would happen to me,” said Smith. “The Olympic team was a very special team and just having the opportunity to go in to the Naismith Hall of Fame, I just really don’t have any words for that. I’m so thankful for Northeast Mississippi Junior College, that’s the only scholarship I had, and then UK giving me the scholarship to come on there.”  Smith ranked fifth on the Olympic team in scoring, averaging 10.9 points per game as the U.S. team finished the Summer Olympic Games held in Rome undefeated, winning each game by an average of more than 42 points.

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