MBB: Big 12 Championship Preview
Saul Smith is in his first year video coordinator at Texas Tech, after serving as an assistant on Tubby Smith's staff for six seasons in Minnesota.
After helping Tubby Smith win an NCAA championship, three SEC Tournament titles and three SEC Championships as a player, Saul spent six seasons on his father's bench as an assistant coach, overseeing Minnesota's guard development and ball handling improvement.
Prior to coming to working at Minnesota, Smith served as an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech under head coach Mike Sutton from 2004-07. Smith was involved in all phases of the program, including player development, recruiting, organization, on-floor coaching and academics. When Sutton was stricken with Guillian Barre Syndrome, Smith assisted associate head coach Steve Payne with guiding the Golden Eagles to two of the most successful seasons in school history. In his three seasons at Tennessee Tech, the team never finished below third place in the conference, including aleague championshipduring 2004-05.
Smith lettered four years at Kentucky under his father, and started at point guard for the Wildcats in each of his final two seasons. He was part of winning three SEC Championships, three SEC Tournament titles and one NCAA National Championship. He also captained an SEC All-Star team that went 4-1 vs. the Japanese Olympic team.
Smith ranks 10th all-time in Kentucky basketball history with 363 assists. Smith led the Wildcats in assists during both the 1999-2000 and the 2000-01 seasons and in steals with 51 during the 2000-01 season. Smith played in 143 games during his Wildcat career, starting 70 times. He finished his career with 730 points.
After his Kentucky career, Smith was invited to the Houston Rockets' summer camp, before spending two years playing for the NBDL's Columbus Riverdragons.
Smith spent the 2003-04 season on the Kentucky coaching staff, while completing his bachelor's degree in economics.
Smith was named the Northeast Georgia Player of the Year by the Athens Daily News as a high school senior at Clarke Central High School. An all-state player, he averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior.