One of the most-loved Friars to ever don the Black and White and one of the school's greatest power forwards ever, Michael Smith was the first player ever to win three-consecutive BIG EAST rebounding titles.
He finished his Providence career as just the fourth player to score 1000 points and grab 1000 rebounds. And, like the three before him (Marvin Barnes, Jim Hadnot, and John Thompson) he did it the old-fashioned way - in three years. Smith's name dots the record books. He set records for BIG EAST career rebound average (11.67) and PC career field goal percentage by a forward (.554). He ranks second in PC career rebounds by a forward (1038), behind only Geoff McDermott. He led the Friars to their first-ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship where he was named Most Outstanding Player in 1994.
Nicknamed "The Animal," he played seven seasons in the NBA from 1994-2001. Smith was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft. Smith's best season came in 1994-95 when he posted 6.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game as a member of the Kings. He played for the Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies and Washington Wizards, tallying 2,527 career points and 3,193 career rebounds.