Carlos Smith Joins ABI from Dillard University, an (NAIA) school located in New Orleans, LA. Dillard is a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Smith spent the last 6 years at Dillard as the assistant men’s basketball coach.
“I am excited to join the American Basketball Institution. I look forward to working with the players and coaches and bringing my experiences on and off the court to the organization to help enhance its success.”
Smith has 6 years of coaching experience. He was the recruiting and academic coach at Dillard. Smith recruited and signed division one transfers. He also recruited and signed two GCAC freshmen of the year and some GCAC academic all-Americans. Smith was also the strength and conditioning coach and individual instructor.
Smith played collegiate basketball at the University of South Alabama under former coach John Pelphrey (University of Florida assistant men’s basketball). Smith spent four years as the starting point guard, where he led the team to two post season appearances including the NCAA Tournaments and NIT tournament (2005-2007).
Smith also led the team to two Sun-Belt Conference Championship titles (2005-2007).
Smith was named to the Sun-Belt All-Conference Team (2007).
After college, Smith signed a professional contract to play basketball in Cyprus, Greece for Achilleas Kaimakliou in the Pro A league where he averaged 14 points and 6 assists in one season.
Smith attended Notre Dame Preparatory School located in Fitchburg, Ma. There he played with players such as Gary Ervin (Mr. Basketball New York, 2003) and Will Blaylock (39th pick in 2007 NBA Draft). Bill Barton (University of Pittsburgh assistant men’s basketball coach) was Smith’s coach at Notre Dame Prep. Smith helped to lead the team to the National Prep School Championship where they lost to Hargrave Academy and finished top 10 in the Nation amongst Post Grad Academies (2003) finishing with a 36-3 record overall. Smith averaged 18ppg, 4apg, and 4spg.
“I attended Post Grad School and I understand the grind that these kids are faced with and what it takes to get to the level that they are trying to achieve. I want to help these kids achieve those goals of signing an academic and athletic collegiate scholarship. I know I can bring tons of vital experience to this organization and I will do all that I can to ensure that these kids get the guidance and coaching needed to become better players. I will be tough on them, but also positive towards them.”
Smith is a native of the metro Atlanta Area where he attended Tri-Cities High School. He is a well-known basketball figure around the area and played for mega AAU organizations such as Team Georgia under Albert Outlaw and the Atlanta Celtics under James Clark. Smith also played for the World Wide Renegades AAU organization and which he helped to create. Smith says his God brother, Kevin Wells, started the organization because he wanted Smith and Smith’s best friend to play on the same AAU team, and also their other high school teammates in hopes of helping them gel together over the spring and summer to increase chances of winning a state championship.
“Carlos is special because through the good times and the bad, we have shared both, he was always hardworking, loyal, coachable and a source of great encouragement to all those around him. Carlos is of high morals and great character.” (John Pelphrey)
Smith has his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and his Master’s degree in Sports Administration and Marketing.