|STEVE SMITH - NBA TV Analyst and Big Ten Network Analyst|
Steven Smith is one of the great Spartans that sets the standards by which all other great Spartan athletes will always be measured.
While attending MSU and playing basketball Steve achieved First Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-American status, became the Spartans all time leading scorer with 2263pts, and at that time ranked 5th all-time in the Big Ten history. After being selected fifth overall in the 1991 NBA draft, Steve spent the next 14 years in the NBA winning a national championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, and winning gold medals as part of the 1994 “Dream Team II” in the World Championships in Toronto, and then on the 2000 USA Olympic team in Sydney, Australia.
Aside from his athletic accomplishments Steve has always been a very active member in his communities tirelessly working for numerous inner city youth organizations in Michigan, Miami, Atlanta, Portland, San Antonio, New Orleans, and Charlotte. I believe Steve’s true legacy is best summed up in his philosophy that “you can never give too much”. In most instances people focus on either how much time or money individuals give, but in Steve’s case it has been an overwhelming and truly enjoyable amount of both. Steve major donations include $2.5 million to create the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, in 2001 he donated an additional $600,000 to fully fund the Steve Smith / Pershing H.S. / MSU Scholarship for Academic Achievement, and through Steve’s activities supporting the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan, MSU Alumni Club of West Michigan, and MSU Detroit Area Development Council has raised another $400,000 to support the Scholarship Fund.
While in the NBA Steve received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, the Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award, and in 2006 was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. Steve has also served as a member of both the National Alumni Board and National Board of Development for Michigan State University. In addition Steve has been serving on the National Board of Reading is Fundamental (RIF).