JSU graduate, NBA television analyst dies of COVID-19, He was 48

Published 7:01 am Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Sekou Smith, a Jackson State University graduate and a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. He was 48.

After graduating from JSU, Smith went on to work for the Clarion-Ledger. He also wrote for the Indianapolis Star and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks after graduating from JSU in 1997.

For more than a decade, Smith starred across all platforms for Turner, serving as an analyst for NBA TV, a writer for NBA.com and a host of the Hang Time Podcast.

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He is survived by his wife and 3 children. Sekou Smith was 48-years-old.