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GJ Smith, once a UK Super Kitten, Has Passed Away

A sad note to pass along tonight that GJ Smith, a member of the famous “Super Kittens” group of UK Freshmen, has passed away. He came to UK in 1971 and played four years for the Wildcats, appearing in 49 games over the course of his Varsity career. After his time at UK, he went on to be the long time basketball coach at Laurel County and according to Julian Tackett of the KHSAA, he passed away this morning. He was 59 years old. You can see more pictures of Smith and a statistical summary of his career at this link via John Scott.

Article written by Matt Jones

8 Comments for GJ Smith, once a UK Super Kitten, Has Passed Away



  1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    6:25 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    May GJ rest in peace. He left us far too soon, but he will always be a Wildcat.



  2. KSR Rocks
    7:26 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you for posting this Matt. GJ was a great man. He was the AD and baseball coach at South Laurel High School when I was there. He led a great family and will truly be missed.



  3. Briar Gates
    8:04 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Sad news. One of the finest. Wasn’t he called the The Kentucky Rifelman because of his shooting ability. Rest in Peace brother.



  4. xcoach
    8:16 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Very sorry to hear of GJ’s passing. I had to pleasure of running into him when my teams came to Laurel County to play. Super nice guy.



  5. ky_boy
    9:16 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’ sad to hear of his passing. I was fortuate to see him play in high school for Hazel Green.



  6. Rixter
    9:44 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    GJ could stoke it from Paducah, to quote Cawood.



  7. Gary
    9:55 pm August 18, 2012 Permalink

    GJ started on the UK freshman team in 71/72, alongside Grevey, Guyuette, Flynn and Conner. At some point he was injured, missed quite a few games, and was never the same. But yeah he could stroke it. RIP my man.



  8. blitzedanddazed
    3:28 pm August 19, 2012 Permalink

    GJ was a great guy. The Hazel Green Bullfrogs were a force when GJ starred played for them.
    If not for chronic feet problems GJ would have played more for the Cats.
    RIP God Bless