Jan. 4, 2001
COLUMBUS, Ohio–Andy Geiger, Ohio State director of athletics, announced three Buckeye basketball greats will be honored by officially retiring the numbers they wore as Ohio State Buckeyes.
Gary Bradds (1962-64) and Jim Jackson (1990-92) and Katie Smith (1993-96) will be honored during the 2001 Big Ten Conference men’s and women’s basketball seasons.
Bradd’s No. 35 will be retired during ceremonies at halftime of the Ohio State men’s game against No. 1 Michigan State Saturday Jan. 27 (3:15 p.m./ESPN Regional Television). Jackson’s No. 22 will be honored at the half of the OSU men’s game against No. 13 Wisconsin Saturday Feb. 10 (12:15 p.m./ESPN Regional Television). Smith’s No. 30 will be officially removed from future rosters Sunday Jan. 21 against Michigan.
Ohio State great Jerry Lucas’ No. 11 is the only other basketball player to have a number retired. Smith is the first women’s player have a number retired.
Three Buckeye football players have been honored beginning with Archie Griffin’s No. 45 in 1999. Vic Janowicz (No. 31) and Howard Cassady (No. 40) had their numbers retired during the 2000 football season.
The late Gary Bradds was a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes, winning those honors his junior and senior years. Additionally, the 6-foot-8-inch Buckeye center was the National Player of the Year in 1964 when he averaged 30.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
Bradds, a spindly, raw-boned product of Jamestown, Ohio, was a top reserve in 1962 and played in the national championship game when regular center Jerry Lucas was sub-par with a knee injury. As a junior, he replaced Lucas and averaged 28 points and 13 rebounds a game, helping the Buckeyes to a 20-4 record and a share of the Big Ten title.
Ohio State also shared the conference title his senior season, but failed to go to the NCAA tournament either year because of the championship format at the time. During his senior year, Bradds put together an incredible string of six-consecutive 40-point games, including a school-record 49 points against Illinois (2/10/64). Bradds owns four of the top six scoring efforts in OSU history
His 735 points that year is the second highest total in OSU history, trailing only Dennis Hopson’s 958 in 1987. He ranks 12th in career scoring (1,530 points) and 10th in career rebounding (706 rebounds) at Ohio State. His career scoring average of 20.7 ppg. ranks No. 6 all-time and his 30.6 ppg. average in 1964 is the second highest season scoring average in OSU history.
He owns the OSU record for field goals in a game with 20 vs. Purdue Jan. 25, 1964 on his way to 47 points.
A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Jim Jackson helped restore Ohio State basketball glory by leading OSU to three NCAA tournaments and two Big Ten championships in an abbreviated career. A clutch player with a penchant for making the game-winning play, Jackson started 93-consecutive games for Ohio State before opting to skip his final year of college ball and go directly to the NBA.
The 6-foot-6-inch guard/forward was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1990 and the Big Ten Player of the Year in each of the next two seasons. Jackson also was a two-time All-American, and was selected by United Press International as the College Player of the Year as a junior.
Jackson scored 1,785 points during his career and is the sixth leading scorer in Ohio State history. His career scoring average of 19.2 points a game is the ninth best in OSU annals. He led Ohio State in scoring in each of his three years as a starter and was the Buckeyes’ leading rebounder as a junior.
He also ranks among the school’s career leaders in assists (372/7th), steals (147/T8th) and 3-point field goals made (82/9th). At the end of his junior year, Jackson was the fourth player taken in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He currently plays for the Cleveland after a Jan. 2, 2001 trade from the Atlanta Hawks.
JACKSON’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Led the Hawks in 1999-2000 in points per game (16.7). In1999-2000 ranked 7th in the NBA in free-throw percentage (.877) and14th in three point field goals made (117). Led the Blazers in1998-99 in free-throw percentage (.842, 17th in the NBA) and ledthe team to an 8-1 record in his 9 starts, averaging 10.7 ppg., 3.3rpg., 3.1 apg. and 1.33 spg. Ranked 20th in the NBA in 1997-98 witha career-best 4.8 rpg Posted 1997-98 season-highs of 33 points and11 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds in a 104-94 victory over theHouston Rockets on 4/2/98. Totaled 15 points, 7 assists and 4rebounds, in his Warriors debut, against the Denver Nuggets on2/20/98. Totaled 17 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, in his 76ersdebut, against the Milwaukee Bucks on 10/31/97. Posted his firsttwo career triple-doubles in 1996-97 for the Nets, including 25points, a career-high 12 assists and 10 rebounds against theAtlanta Hawks on 4/20/97. Ranks 6th in Mavericks franchise historywith 1,087 assists and 7th with 5,660 points. Recovered from asevere ankle sprain in February, 1995 to play in all 82 games in1995-96, averaging 19.6 ppg., 5.0 rpg and 2.9 apg. At the time ofhis injury in 1994-95, was the top scoring guard in the NBA,ranking 5th overall, with 25.7 ppg. Averaged 29.8 ppg in November,1994, the third-highest scoring month in Mavericks history. Pouredin a career-high and tied a Mavericks’ franchise record with 50points, on 17-of-28 shooting, against the Denver Nuggets on11/26/94. Led the Mavericks in 1993-94 in assists (4.7 apg) andtied for the team lead in scoring (19.2 ppg.).
JACKSON’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round (fourthpick overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft. Traded by the Mavericks withSam Cassell, Chris Gatling, George McCloud and Eric Montross to theNew Jersey Nets for Shawn Bradley, Ed O’Bannon, Robert Pack andKhalid Reeves on 2/17/97. Traded by the Nets with Eric Montross andthe draft rights to Tim Thomas and Anthony Parker to thePhiladelphia 76ers for Michael Cage, Lucious Harris, Don MacLeanand the draft rights to Keith Van Horn on 6/27/97. Traded by the76ers with Clarence Weatherspoon to the Golden State Warriors forJoe Smith and Brian Shaw on 2/17/98. Signed as a free agent by thePortland Trail Blazers on 2/2/99. Traded by the Blazers along withguard Isaiah Rider to the Atlanta Hawks for guard Steve Smith andguard Ed Gray on 8/2/99. Atlanta traded Jackson to Cleveland Jan.2, 2001 for point guard Brevin Knight. The Cavaliers also gotguards Anthony Johnson and Larry Robinson from the Hawks.
Touted as the most sought after high school players in 1991, it didn’t take long for Logan, Ohio, native Katie Smith to become a household name across the country.
Leading the way with an 18.8 scoring average, Smith steered the Ohio State program back into the national limelight as a participant in its first ever NCAA Final Four in 1993. The Buckeyes lost the final game of the season, 84-82 to Texas Tech, but the history-making march established a tier of success to build upon for seasons to come.
Postseason honors poured in for Smith who became the first freshman since USC’s Cheryl Miller to earn Kodak All-America laurels in addition to being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Over the next two years, Smith continued to maintain a captive audience. As a sophomore, she became one of the youngest collegiate players to score 1,000 career points at the age of 19 years and eight months. In fact, Smith paced OSU’s scoring efforts four years running, averaging a career 20.8 ppg., overshadowing her dominance as the squad’s assists and steals leader in each of her last two seasons.
In 1996, her finest and final season, Smith posted an OSU single-season record 745 points on the way to becoming the Big Ten women’s career scoring leader, accumulating 2,578 points. Smith dominated the opposition, having never had a single digit scoring game, with 20 or more points in 22-of-34 games, including three games over the 30-point mark. She collected a respectable 5.1 rebounds per game, and a team-leading 145 assists and 46 steals.
The Buckeyes were 80-44 (.645) over her four-year stay and 124 consecutive starts. Along the way, Smith literally rewrote the Ohio State record book, amassing an amazing 10 career, six single-season and six single-game records.
Among her numerous honors, Smith became only the second player in league history (along with Buckeye Tracey Hall) to receive the prestigious Kodak All-America honor twice in her career. She was also tabbed the 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year, the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball recipient and a unanimous first team all-Big Ten choice, her third straight honor.
A competitor in the classroom as well, Smith was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, three-time academic all-Big Ten selection and the recipient of varied scholarships, including a distinguished NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Smith, who plans a career in dentistry, was a member of six USA Basketball teams and the two-time world champion Columbus Quest of the American Basketball League.
Capping her second season with the WNBA Minnesota Lynx in August, Smith skyrocketed to the top of the league’s scoring ledger as its No. 2 scorer (20.2 ppg) and leader in 3-pt. field goals made (88). A second team All-WNBA honoree, Smith paced the Lynx in assists (2.8 apg) and free throw percentage (.869) and was the only player on the squad to start every game, averaging 37.3 minutes.
She culminated the season, not only as the first Buckeye, but the first women’s basketball player to represent The Big Ten Conference as a member of the gold medal-winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team.
Smith’s Professional Career Highlights:
No. 2 scorer in the league (20.2 ppg) in the 2000 campaign. The646 points totaled was the third most in a single season. Led theWNBA as well in 3-pt. field goals made (88). Only player to startall 32 games for the Minnesota. Her 37.2 minutes per game led theleague. Paced the Lynx as well in free throw percentage (.869)which ranked ninth in the league. Eleventh in the league in 3-Pt.FG Percentage (.379). Led the Lynx with 2.8 assists per game.Second Team All-WNBA (2000). Member, two-time world championColumbus Quest (1997, 1998).
Smith’s Professional Career Transactions
Signed by the WNBA and acquired by the Minnesota Lynx May 3,1999. First round draft pick of the ABL Columbus Quest in 1996.
Smith’s Olympic Career
Member, 2000 U.S. Olympic Team (gold medal). Alternate, 1996U.S. Olympic Team (gold medal).