Biography of Kenny Smith Kenneth (Kenny) ‘The Jet’ Smith, (born March 8, 1965 , in Queens , New York ) is a retired National Basketball Association player and current TV basketball analyst. He is a two time NBA World Champion and TNT NBA Emmy Award Winner. He attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens , a school rich in basketball and scholastic tradition, and the home of such prep standouts as Brian Winters, Robert Werdann, and New York City schoolboy legend Kenny Anderson (also Smith’s cousin). Smith graduated in 1983. While still in high school, he earned the nickname “Jet” after a local sportswriter saw the the cat-quick Smith in action in an in-season game against rival Christ the King High School and reported on it the next day in the paper. The newsman watched in awe as Smith repeatedly shredded the defense’s tough press, only to “jet” down the court for several easy lay-ups, earning the moniker in the process. That year, Smith was also named a High School All-American and was selected to play in the 1983 McDonald’s All-American Game in Atlanta .
He moved on to play for coaching legend Dean Smith at North Carolina and became a rare 4-year starter, over the course of his career playing alongside Carolina and future NBA stars Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan and Brad Daugherty. When he graduated in 1987, Smith held the school record for most assists with 768 (since surpassed by Ed Cota), including 86 assists in NCAA Tournament play, was a 1st-Team All-American and was named Basketball Times’ Player of the Year.