HoopsHype Greg Smith rumors

January 8, 2013 Updates

Do you have any chip on your shoulder about not being drafted? Is proving the people who passed on you wrong a source of motivation for you? Greg Smith: Yes, it's a lot of motivation. I have a big chip on my shoulder for not getting drafted. You know, if I came out freshman year of college, I was tempted to leave because a lot of people said I could've went mid first round or lottery and had a lot of potential, so going into my second year and not getting drafted, I felt people took their eye off me. And right now, I'm thankful the Rockets gave me a chance, and now I want to show every other team in the NBA why they should've have passed on me and why the Rockets got a good player. DraftExpress.com

December 5, 2012 Updates

While Howard scored five fourth-quarter points, Smith had 13. While the Lakers frantically tried to hold off an improbable rally, the Rockets scored on eight of their final nine possessions to steal a 107-105 victory at Toyota Center largely because when Howard could not make free throws, Smith could not miss. “It felt good, a dream come true playing against the Lakers,” said Smith, who made seven of eight shots and seven of eight free throws to score 21 points to go along with nine rebounds. “I’m from (Fresno) California. I watched them growing up. I just went out there and played hard and competed with the best.” Houston Chronicle

February 9, 2012 Updates

The Rockets officially signed Smith to a three-year contract on Wednesday, and the deal is guaranteed for the remainder of the season and worth the pro-rated portion of the rookie minimum, $480,000. It is partially guaranteed next season and at the team’s option in the third season. “Greg’s been playing really well down in the D-League,” McHale said. “We liked him in training camp. I think he’s got a bright future.” Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2012 Updates
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December 8, 2011 Updates

Undrafted former Fresno State center Greg Smith has committed to signing a make-good contract with the Houston Rockets, a league source said. Smith, 19, averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 25 games this season with Mexico Soles de Mexicali. Yahoo! Sports

December 3, 2011 Updates
November 2, 2011 Updates

Leuer said two of his professors agreed to give him grades of incomplete in two spring classes so he could travel for NBA pre-draft workouts. He then retook those classes in the summer and earned a history degree. “It’s mostly up to the player and how much he values getting a degree,” said Leuer, drafted by Milwaukee Bucks with the 40th overall pick. “A lot of guys say, ‘I’m done with school and I’m just going to focus on basketball.’  ” That’s even more tempting for a one-and-done player, who isn’t as close to graduating. “Once you start working out (for NBA teams), you start thinking, ‘Why am I going to study hall? Why am I going to class?’ ” said Greg Smith, a forward who left Fresno State after two seasons but went undrafted in June. Buckeye Xtra Sports

July 9, 2011 Updates

Greg Smith is another undrafted free agent who has plenty of options during this lockout. Smith attended the Miami HEAT's free agent camp and received a training camp invite from the team. He also received an invite from the Indiana Pacers, who had expressed interest in him throughout the draft process. Smith would consider signing overseas and has received interest from a number of international teams, but it appears his preference is to wait out the lockout and realize his dream of playing in the NBA. HoopsWorld

June 26, 2011 Updates
May 21, 2011 Updates

We made a note in our recent west coast workout report about just how big Greg Smith's hands are. Upon further review at the combine, his hands are one-foot wide, easily the top mark we've seen since the combine began measuring hands. This quantifies the way Smith (6-8 without shoes, 7-2 ½ wingspan, 252 pounds) can routinely snatch the ball out of mid-air and palm it away from his body. DraftExpress.com

April 30, 2011 Updates

According to a source, there's a chance Donatas Motiejunas may not work out for any NBA teams before the draft. Motiejunas's team is still in the playoffs and it may not be over until June, so he may not have the time/energy left by then. A source also said Motiejunas plans on playing in the NBA next season and that he definitely will if he's drafted in the top 10. A name to watch out for in the upcoming NBA Draft is Fresno State's Greg Smith. There wasn't much talk about him during the season, but now the 6-foot-10 sophomore center is picking up steam. He is reportedly doing very well in workouts and I wouldn't be surprised if he found his way into the late first round on draft night. The Hoops Report

April 28, 2011 Updates

A number of NBA personnel said they wouldn't be surprised if Maryland's Jordan Williams, Butler's Shelvin Mack, Washington's Isaiah Thomas, Boston College's Reggie Jackson or Fresno State's Greg Smith all stayed in the draft. But there is a consensus already that Michigan's Darius Morris, Xavier's Tu Holloway, Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, Miami's Reggie Johnson, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs and Northwestern's John Shurna should go back to school before they make a mistake of leaving too soon, and in the case of those who can't make an NBA roster, a major error in giving up their eligibility. ESPN.com

April 13, 2011 Updates

Fresno State basketball fans will have to shift their hopes from Greg Smith to new recruits today, the first day of the spring signing period. Smith, a sophomore center this past season, made his move to the NBA official with confirmation he has signed with an agent, athletic director Thomas Boeh said. Smith had announced his plans last month to apply for the NBA draft, but it is his hiring of an agent that ends his NCAA eligibility. If he had not signed, he would have had until May 8 to withdraw from the draft and retain his eligibility. The draft is June 23. Fresno Bee

March 23, 2011 Updates

Greg Smith is currently concentrating on getting himself in shape for the upcoming NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts. And at this point, he is not coming back to Fresno State. I'm told the only t hing that could possibly change his mind is if t he school hires a head coach that knocks his socks off, but even that might not do it. Smith averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game th is season, after being named WAC Freshman of the Year his first season. KMPH

March 18, 2011 Updates

Sophomore center Greg Smith, the top rebounder and second-leading scorer on the Fresno State men's basketball team, is jumping to the NBA. Smith told The Bee about the move Thursday afternoon, hours before the university held a press conference to announce that coach Steve Cleveland was was being reassigned after six seasons as Bulldogs coach. Smith, 20, said Thursday afternoon that the instability of the basketball team affected his decision. "With all the uncertainty with the program and Cleve being coach ... it's my time to take my game to the next level." Fresno Bee

Shelley, Smith's uncle, said, "He's throwing his hat into the ring, and he's going to get into the best shape of his life." Shelley said Smith plans to sign with an agent. A player who signs with an agent forfeits any remaining college eligibility. Basketball players who don't sign with an agent have until June 13 to pull out of the NBA draft. Fresno Bee

March 17, 2011 Updates

Greg Smith is leaving Fresno State for the NBA. Smith's uncle and father figure, Stephen Shelley, said today there would be "no testing of the waters" and that the move was "official." "He's throwing his hat into the ring and he's going to get into the best shape of his life," Shelley said. Fresno Bee

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