Kenny Smith is coming to Chapel Hill to play for Roy Williams’ Tar Heels.
Thirty years after his father, also named Kenny Smith, was an All-American as a senior playing for Dean Smith, Kenny Smith Jr. is transferring to Chapel Hill to play for Williams. He posted a photo of himself on social media Monday night, wearing the same number his father did, No. 30.
Smith Jr., known as “KJ,” is transferring from Pacific and will be a walk-on player for the Tar Heels. He’ll sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules. Smith Jr., a 6-foot-2, 160-pound guard, averaged 3.2 points in one season at Pacific.
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In high school, Smith Jr. played at Oaks Christian, a private school near Los Angeles, and national power Mater Dei (CA) High before finishing his career at another national power, IMG (Fla) Academy, playing on the school’s post-grad team. As a senior at Mater Dei, Smith Jr. helped lead the team to a 29-5 record, averaging 8.2 points, 2.6 points and 2.4 assists.