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Report: Smith ‘blessed’ by Celtics training camp invite

09.18.10 at 5:09 pm ET
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Jamar Smith considers himself ‘€œblessed beyond belief’€ to be invited to the Celtics training camp, he told the Evansville Courier & Press. Smith, a shooting guard, shared his excitement about getting the call to come to Boston:

“I’ve been working out like crazy,” said the former University of Southern Indiana star and Division II Player of the Year.

By “crazy,” he means several hours per day on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, sometimes with members of the Illini basketball team and coach Bruce Weber, who originally signed Smith.

Now Smith has a chance to fulfill a dream. But sometimes that chance seems to be a dream.

“When my agent told me (about the Celtics’ invitation), I was, ‘Are you serious?’ ” said Smith. “Now I’m in the gym two or three times a day. My dad called me and asked, ‘Are you working hard?’ When I said I was, he said, ‘Well, you have to work harder.’ “

Smith averaged 21.6 points per game last season at USI.

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