TriCounty Community Guide 50 Greatest Sports Figures in the Tri-County - Page 34

G.J. Smith Smith G.J. Smith held a rare distinction in Kentucky. He may have been the only player to have been chosen to the All-State Basketball Tournament Team for two schools in back-to-back seasons. He led Hazel Green to the Sweet 16 in 1970 and the following season he would lead the newly formed Laurel County High School. Smith was named to the all-regional tournament team three times and all-district twice, and was a High School All-American at Laurel County in 1971. He played on the 1971 Kentucky All-Star team. Nicknamed “The Kentucky Long Rifl e” because