RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –The 8News “Athlete of the Week” is Virginia Union’s senior point guard Jemal Smith, who has broken records and brought titles to the school. 

Last year, Smith helped lead the Panthers to the CIAA title. This year, it’s a whole different ball game as Smith placed himself in the Panthers’ record book.

He recently set the school’s single-game assist record with 21. The Bronx native says growing up in the Big Apple shaped him into the player he is today.

Smith says that “it just helped me be more tougher on the court and to have a tough mindset. Just play with a will to always win and just to play lionhearted, and to just never back down. And just be prepared for the worst.”

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