Sunday, October 12, 2003

Ex-hoops star shot to death

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - A former Ohio Associated Press Mr. Basketball was shot to death in what might have been a robbery, police said.

Emmanuel H. Smith, 23, was found dead in the parking lot of Mrs. Rennison's Donut Shop about 2:30 Friday morning. He had been shot in the forehead.

"There were things on the scene that would indicate to us that a robbery took place, but we have no way of confirming that, so it's just something that we're looking into," Portsmouth police Sgt. Jim Charles said.

Smith was named Mr. Basketball in 1999. The 6-foot-3 player averaged 28.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.5 steals a game at Euclid High School in suburban Cleveland.

Smith attended the University of Akron during the 2000-2001 academic year and lettered on the basketball team. He went to Portsmouth in 2002 to attend Shawnee State University and join its basketball team, but never played there.

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