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Jerry Smith On His Workout With The Milwaukee Bucks

Jerry Smtih recently was interviewed by the Milwaukee Bucks…Jerry answered questions about his career and what it was like to work out for his hometown team. BUCKS Draft Central

On what it’s like to workout for his hometown team…
“It’s an honor. I grew up here seeing the Bucks play year in and year out and it’s just a blessing for them to give me an opportunity to come in and work out.”

On if he’s been inside the Bucks Training Center before…
“I played for Friends of Hoop (in AAU) in eighth grade and this was the practice facility we used to use. It brought back a lot of good memories.”

On if he got nervous today…
“Not really nervous, more so excited because you’re getting a chance to do what you love and I just love it. I’m just glad to be out there.”

On how close he is to realizing his dream…
“Who knows? God willing I am very close and I’m just going to keep working and put my faith into it.”

On what he did with the Bucks today…
“We started off doing some testing, some physical testing and some measurements, then we got into more one-on-one things and three-on-three towards the end.”

On what he would like to show from his college days to pro teams like the Bucks…
“That I can really defend, that’s the main thing. I worked on my defense, I can knock down open shots and just compete night in and night out.”

On if he worked at the point today…
“A little bit of combo today. I ran a lot more point than I usually do.”

On what he’s concentrating on to get prepared for the NBA…
“Just work hard and stay in shape, that’s the main thing. These teams want to see who’s in shape and who has been working the hardest, and that I have been doing.”

On other players from his high school (Wauwatosa East) making it to the pros…
“Those are some tough shoes to be in with Devin (Harris) and Tony (Smith), but God willing, I’ll get an opportunity and we’ll see what happens.”

On how his game has changed since high school…
“I worked on my shot a lot. I have been able to knock down some shots, and just being a lot better with the basketball, dribbling wise and reading pick and roll situations and stuff like that.”

On his defense getting him to the next level…
“I’ve got pretty long arms and I think I can defend the point guard and the two-guard pretty well.”

On his hopes of getting drafted…
“I’m just going to work hard and see what happens. Let it fall where it may.”

On his other options if he doesn’t get drafted…
“If the NBA doesn’t workout, play in Europe. There are professional teams over there and that’s definitely still a blessing to play basketball as a job. That’s something I’ve dreamed about, just to play this game for money, and it would be a blessing. The D-League (is also an option) as well, trying to prepare for the NBA, that definitely is a factor too.”

Jerry Smith was probably one of my favorite Louisville players over the last five years…It really was a shame to see him struggle the way he did his senior year. A lot of fans expected Jerry to have a break out year. He struggled with injuries and shooting consistency for the most part of the year. I know I am biased but I think Jerry could have a solid pro career if he can find his jump shot. NBA might be a little bit of a long shot but I do think he could have a long lasting career in Europe if the right situation presents itself. Rather it is the NBA, NBDL, or overseas if your getting paid to play the game you are truly blessed.

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