SPORTS


2/21/2019 11:43pm

Sophomore K.J. Smith (30) drives past N.C. State players during game in early February. UNC men's basketball beat NC state with the most points scored on the Wolfpack since 2003. UNC won 113-96 at the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

K.J. Smith makes a name for himself at UNC while embracing his dad's basketball legacy

“I just feel like I'm a younger version of him, almost,” K.J. Smith said with a laugh. “There's a picture my sister took on the couch and we're both just like doing the same exact thing.” It isn’t hard to tell K.J. now fully embraces his dad’s legacy, to the point of letting his teammates call him “Baby Jet.” But it wasn’t always easy for the 22-year-old to be the namesake of the two-time NBA champion.