Carmen’s Crew has added another former Ohio State guard to the mix.
Today, the team primarily composed of former Buckeyes announced that Lenzelle Smith Jr. is slated to join this summer’s team as part of The Basketball Tournament. He joins a roster that aims to repeat as tournament champions and one that could find itself in need of additional options at the guard positions.
From 2011-14, Smith averaged 7.7 points, increasing his scoring average each year before topping out at 11.0 points per game as a senior and finishing his career as a 1,000-point scorer and three-year starter. He led Ohio State in three-point shooting in 2012 at 37.8% and, alongside Carmen’s Crew teammate Aaron Craft, finished as the third-winningest class in Ohio State history with 119 career wins.
Smith started 111 of his 131 career games for the Buckeyes. He shot 43.9% from the floor and 35.2% from three.
Since leaving Ohio State and going undrafted, Smith has fashioned a professional career overseas and most recently played in Israel.
His addition could prove especially beneficial given the status of a pair of members of the team. Craft is slated to play in the event but could have to miss parts of it in order to begin medical school at Ohio State, and Jon Diebler did not play professional basketball last season after his wife gave birth to twins.
Smith was initially announced as a member of Carmen’s Crew for the 2019 version of TBT but did not participate in the $2 million, winner-take-all tournament.
This year’s event is slated to begin July 23 and see eight different cities, including Columbus, serve as hosts before concluding August 6-11 in Dayton. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unclear what format this year’s TBT could ultimately assume as much of the sports world remains suspended.
Two other teams with former Buckeyes could be in the event as well: Big X and Great Lakes Elite.