The year was 1995 and a young A.D. Smith helped Churchill High School come from behind and win a state title. Months later the Eugene native joined the Duck basketball team.
"Being from Oregon and going to high school in Eugene, that was a once in a lifetime opportunity," says Smith.
During his five years at Oregon, Smith shot nearly 45-percent from long range, which is good for fifth all time in Ducks history. He averaged 15-points per game his senior year, while famously wearing a mask to protect a fractured face.
Double-zero was also a two time team MVP.
"We all worked hard," recalls Smith. "I certainly can't complain. I feel blessed that my career went the way that it did."
After playing five years overseas, Smith returned home to buy and sell homes.
"Being from Eugene, I looked for something that would be a good fit for my education and also allow me to come home after being gone for so long," says Smith.
He has worked in real estate for the past five years and closed more than $26-million in sales. Smith the number one ranked agent at Keller Williams. Some of his clients even remember his playing days.
"It happens a little bit. My joke is that it was about 30-pounds ago," laughs Smith.
30-pounds and 11-years ago. Most clients wonder if he misses the game.
"I enjoyed it, and I still enjoy it," says Smith. "But I would rather coach kindergarten soccer than play another season in France or Belgium or somewhere else."
With basketball in his past, Smith now spends his time with his wife and three daughters. In his hometown.