Men's Basketball

Jamar Smith
Jamar Smith


Peoria, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 185



2007-08 Junior:
Sat out the season as a redshirt.

2006-07 Sophomore: Appeared in 21 games, earning six starts ... Fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.1 points ... Second on the team with 38 three-pointers ... Scored in double figures eight times on the year and was Illinois' leading scorer in five games ... Made three or more 3-pointers in eight games ... Scored a season-high 21 points vs. Idaho State on Dec. 21 ... Had a career-high four steals vs. Michigan on Jan. 3 ... Missed six games early in the season due to an ankle injury.

2005-06 Freshman: Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection ... Illinois' first guard off the bench saw action in 32 of 33 games on the year ... Despite playing 19.2 minutes per game, ranked fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.0 points ... Led the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 48.2 percent (66-137) ... Made his first 3-point attempt 13 times and had at least one 3-pointer in all but six games ... Scored in double figures 12 times and totaled at least eight points in 20 games ... Scored a career-high 23 points vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 5, hitting 8-10 shots, including 6-8 from 3-point range ... Best Big Ten game came against Minnesota on Jan. 25 when he scored 16 points and shot 5-8 from 3-point land ... Had a career-high six assists at Minnesota (Feb. 28) ... Scored a game-high 20 points on 7-10 shooting, including 6-10 from 3-point range, vs. Air Force in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (March 16).

Earned four varsity letters at Richwoods ... High school coach was Mike Ellis ... Led the Mid-State 6 Conference in scoring as a senior for the second straight year, averaging 21.3 points ... Shot nearly 46 percent from 3-point range, making 96 threes on the season ... Peoria Journal Star Class AA Player of the Year ... First-team All-State by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Second-team All-State by the Associated Press and third-team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune ... Led Richwoods to a 21-8 record and the IHSA sectional final during his senior season ... Scored 37 points against Pekin in the regional final, making 10-11 from 3-point range ... Led the Mid-State 6 in scoring as a junior, averaging 19.6 points ... Named to five-player Class AA All-Star Team by the Peoria Journal Star, first-team All-State by the News-Gazette and third-team All-State by the IBCA ... Also received All-State accolades by the Chicago Tribune (special mention) and Associated Press (honorable mention) as a junior ... Finished his Richwoods career with 1,525 points ... Played for the Illinois Warriors AAU program, coached by Larry Butler ... Competed in the IBCA Class AA All-Star game in the summer of 2005, earning MVP honors for the South squad after scoring 29 points.

Born April 7, 1987 ... Mother is Felicia Smith ... Father is Juandale Jordan ... Majoring in sport management ... Has two brothers and two sisters ... Sister, Britney Jordan, played basketball at Temple University ... Hobbies include drawing and playing video games, especially NBA Live ... Favorite former Illini player is fellow Peoria native Frank Williams ... Credits his father for most influencing his basketball career because, "He pushed me to be the best player I could be."

Smith's Career Statistics:

Year       G-GS     MIN/Avg.     FGM-A/%        3PM-A/%        FTM-A/%       OR-DR-TOT/Avg.    PF-DQ    A/Avg.    TO     B/Avg.    S/Avg.    PTS/Avg.
2005-06    32-0     613/19.2     85-181/.470    66-137/.482    19-27/.704    17-36-53/1.7      29-0     43/1.3    34     1/0.1     16/0.5    255/8.0
2006-07    21-6     472/22.5     53-159/.333    38-120/.317    26-33/.788    11-23-34/1.6      24-0     39/1.9    18     3/0.1     19/0.9    170/8.1
2007-08    DNP - Redshirt
Totals     53-6     1085/20.5    138-340/.406   104-257/.405   45-60/.750    28-59-87/1.6      53-0     82/1.5    52     4/0.1     16/0.3    425/8.0