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The Handle Podcast – Bill Olsen on Derek Smith: 10/20/16

Bonus podcast episode for the feature “All Heart” on Derek Smith. Coach Bill Olsen of the University of Louisville shares stories about Derek earning the respect of older players at Crawford Gym and him having a dream of becoming like his cousin Gar Heard.

October 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

All Heart: Derek Smith’s Ascent and Tragic Fate

Derek Smith was on his way to a career of an NBA All-Star. For the kid who had grown up poor in rural Georgia, averaging 22 points per game and outplaying Michael Jordan were unthinkable heights. Unfortunately, tragedies cut his life and career short.

October 19, 2016 · 18 Comments