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Men’s Basketball Player Eugene Smiley

Men's Basketball Player Eugene Smiley

Winston-Salem State College’s basketball player Eugene Smiley; 1965.

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  1. Mr. Smiley was my sixth grade teacher at Camden St. School in New Jersey.

  2. Mr. Smiley was my fourth grade teacher at Camden Elementary School in Newark, NJ. He was a great teacher. Very cool!!!

  3. I watched Gene Smiley play at St. Micheal’s College in Santa Fe, NM his freshman year. If he and Frank Rokins did not transfer and Clarence Savoy would have been eligible. That team with Leon Simon and Lee Bennett would have won a national championship.

  4. Excellent role model and teacher

  5. I remember playing against him every summer in Camden st gym. Mr Smiley mr Mitchell Mr lee and the older guys would give us Hell.? when I came home from college e. I looked forward to the competition. Man he had Game.

  6. When I came home for summer break. We played against him and his friends at Camden street gym. Mr lee. Mr Mitchell. And his other friends. They were epic battles. Mr Smiley had game. I really enjoyed the competition

  7. Mr.Smiley was my Varsity Basketball Coach at Malcolm X. Shabazz (South Side)HS my Junior year. As a 5’8″ 150lb point guard what I lacked in size I made up for in skill and will. As customary in those days if you were a Sr you played more than a Jr regardless if you were better or not. This was very frustrating to me and after every practice I would challenge Mr. Smiley to play 1 on 1 until he finally relented and began to put me in the games. Thank you Coach for enhancing my confidence to succeed against all odds /
    Sam “Bam Bam” Johnson #10

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