Though former Ohio State player Lenzelle Smith, Jr. has yet to play any significant time in the NBA, news has broke that he will be participating in the NBA Summer League this year. Smith has spent his time after leaving Columbus in the NBA D-League and is hoping to take the next step into the NBA.
Smith played four seasons at Ohio State from 2010 to 2014. During this time, Smith played in a total of 131 games including more than 35 games in three different seasons. His best year in Columbus was arguably the 2013-14 season where he averaged 28.8 minutes, 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. In his four seasons, the Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each season.
Since his time in Columbus, Smith went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft and has been playing for the Erie BayHawks in the NBA D-League. He played in 47 games during the 2014-15 season for the BayHawks averaging 24.4 minutes, 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He finished the season at #6 on the team in total minutes and 8th in scoring.
Now, Smith will turn his eyes to the NBA and hope that he can take the next step in his career and earn a roster spot in the NBA. He will certainly have to improve and be productive in Summer League play to keep this dream alive, but considering that the BayHawks are Orlando's D-league affiliate and they opted to bring him up for the Summer League says at lease something about Smith's chances.