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Birth Year : 1946
Death Year : 1967
Dwight Smith was born in Princeton, KY. He played high school basketball at Dotson High School in Princeton and was also valedictorian of his graduating class. Smith, a 6'4" guard, and Clem Haskins were the first two African American basketball players at Western Kentucky University (WKU), Smith playing for the Hilltoppers from 1965-1967. He helped lead the team to three post-season tournaments and was the nation's top rebounding guard his sophomore (11.3) and senior (11.9) years. Smith was the sixth all-time leading scorer at WKU with 1,142 points. He was the first college graduate in his family. Smith was drafted in the second round of the 1967 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. May of 1967 produced a rainy Mother's Day weekend; Greg Smith was driving his brother Dwight and their sister Kay back to WKU after a visit home. They were on an unfamiliar route, and after taking a blind curve the car hydroplaned and flipped over into a water-filled ditch. Dwight and Kay drowned before help arrived. Dwight Smith was inducted into the WKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. For more see Dwight Smith at the 1995 WKU Athletics Hall of Fame website.
See photo images and additional information at "Hilltopper Legends.... Dwight Smith" a Western Kentucky University website.
Geographic Region: Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky / Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky