(born March 31, 1939) starred in basketball at Virginia Tech from He was nicknamed "Moose" at Charleston High School in West Virginia where he played as a 6-foot-6 center during an era of exceptional local talent in what was then known as the Kanawha Valley. Smith was later dubbed "the human pogo stick" by former Roanoke sportswriter Bill Brill. During the NBA Draft, Smith was the highest draft choice for any Virginia Tech basketball player ever when he was selected as the fourteenth overall choice by the NBA's Syracuse Nationals. In 1982, he was the only basketball player inducted as a charter member to Virginia Tech's Hall-of-Fame.
In May 2007, Chris Smith found his school. He signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Seton Hall â€” a school that would let the St. Benedict's Prep senior stay in New Jersey and offer the competition of Big East basketball.