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Jonathan Keith Smart (born September 21, 1964 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball player and current coach. He is best remembered for hitting the game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA championship game. The shot gave the Indiana Hoosiers a 74–73 victory over the Syracuse Orangemen.[1] He transferred to Indiana from Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was a two-year standout and Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year.

After two seasons at Indiana, Smart was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, where he played two games in the 1988–89 season. Smart was more successful in the CBA where he played six seasons before retiring in 1995. Smart also played for the Halifax Windjammers of the World Basketball League in the early 1990s, and one season with the WBL's Worcester Counts in 1989.

Smart also played in the Philippines, with the San Miguel Beermen of the PBA, in the 1989 Reinforced Conference. He also played two seasons in France, and one in Venezuela.[2]

In 2002, Smart finished the season as interim coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His record was 9–31 with the club. Currently, Smart is an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

Notes

  1. ^ Keith Smart's last-gasp basket propelled Indiana to a - 04.06.87 - SI Vault
  2. ^ NBA.com Keith Smart

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Preceded by
Pervis Ellison
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1987
Succeeded by
Danny Manning
Preceded by
John Lucas
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach (interim)
2003
Succeeded by
Paul Silas
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