March 25, 2013
PITTSBURGH—Former Pitt Basketball and 10-year NBA star Charles Smith will join host Bob Pompeani and 93.7 The Fan as it will broadcast its first “Legends for The Fan” live show today at noon ET. “Legends for the Fan” is new series of hour-long feature interviews with prominent sports personalities on 93.7 FM. The show will originate live from The Capital Grille, located at 301 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Smith is the first guest in the new series. The Capital Grille has set a special price of $40 for the lunch series. Reservations can be made by calling (412) 338-9100.
PITT’S CHARLES SMITH (1984-88)
Wearing jersey No. 32, Charles Smith thrilled Pitt fans from 1984 to 1988. Smith is the University of Pittsburgh’s all-time leading scorer, with 2,045 career points. Known for his clutch play at key moments of games and stellar leadership, he guided the Panthers to two Big East regular season titles: co-champions in 1986-87, then outright champions in 1987-88, the same year Smith was named Big East Player of the Year and won the Panther Award. A two-time All-American and Freshman All-American, Smith was also honored by the league in 1985 as the Big East Rookie of the Year. A member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, Smith was the third pick of the 1988 NBA draft and spent 10 seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. Smith’s Pitt jersey No. 32 was retired prior to his final home game at Fitzgerald Field House against Seton Hall on March 2, 1988.
*Native of Bridgeport, Conn. and Warren Harding H.S.
*Two-time All-American. Earned Scripps Howard First Team NABC Second Team and AP and UPI Honorable Mention in 1987-88. Named NABC and Basketball Weekly Third Team All-America selection in 1986-87.
*Selected 1988 Big East Player of the Year.
*Two-time All-Big East selection in 1986-87 and 1987-88.
*Named USBWA Region Player of the Year in 1987-88 and Pitt’s only four-time All-Region selection.
*Listed No. 8 on the Big East’s 50 Greatest Players list.
*Led Pitt to two Big East regular season titles including its first outright title in 1987-88.
*Member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team and earned a Gold Medal with the 1986 World Championship Team in Madrid, Spain.
*Consensus freshman All-America selection in 1984-85.
*Started every game of his four-year collegiate career, the only Pitt player to achieve that honor.
*Pitt’s all-time career leading scorer and ranks among all-time top-10 Big East career leading scorers.
*Became second player at Pitt to have jersey retired.
*Concluded his four-year career by blocking at least one shot in each of his final 53 career games.
*Nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” for his game-saving plays as a senior in 1988 including a key blocked shot in the final seconds to secure a 72-71 win against Florida State, a short jumper and subsequent steal of an inbounds pass to clinch a 61-58 home win against Connecticut and a blocked shot followed by two free throws at Connecticut.
*First-ever McDonald’s High School All-American to play at Pitt. Scored 1,400 career points, guided his team to two state titles and a 55-1 record in his final two seasons. Career-highs include a 37-point performance and 19-blocked shots.
*First Pitt player ever selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1988 (No. 3 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers).
*Enjoyed a 10-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers (1988-92), New York Knicks (1992-96) and San Antonio Spurs (1996-98).
*Averaged 14.4 points and 4.8 rebounds throughout his 564-game, 10-year NBA career.
*Averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers in 1989-90.
*1989 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection.
*Career, points (2045).
*Career, double figure scoring games (106).
*Career, free throws made (628).
*Career, free throw attempts (834).
*Game, free throws made (18 vs. Boston Coll., 1/21/85).
*Career, blocked shots (346).
*Career, blocked shots average (2.8).
*Season, blocked shots (106 in 1986-87).
*Season, blocked shots average (3.2 in 1986-87).
*Game, blocked shots (7, multiple times).
*Season, points-freshman year (435 in 1984-85).
*Season, scoring average-freshman year (15.0 in 1984-85).
*Game, scoring efficiency per minute (vs. Akron, 1/5/87).
NOTABLE PITT PERFORMANCES
*Scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game vs. Eastern Michigan, 3/18/88.
*Totaled 34 points and 10 rebounds vs. Chicago St., 12/7/87.
*Had 33 points and eight rebounds vs. Providence, 2/16/88.
*Totaled 30 points and seven blocks vs. Florida, 1/2/88.
*Scored 25 points with 10 rebounds vs. Boston College, 1/30/88.