Two Hostos basketball players received national recognition for their outstanding play this season.

Hostos basketball player Jemal Smith
Jemal Smith

Sophomore point guard Jemal Smith closed out his Hostos career in stellar fashion, receiving NJCAA First-Team All-American honors. The 2016-17 CUNYAC and Region XV Player of the Year averaged 19.1 points, 11.0 assists, 4.3 steals, and 3.2 rebounds per game. 

In his two-year career, Smith accumulated 1,103 points, 196 steals and 166 rebounds. In honor of his accomplishment, he joins the 1,000 point club, and his name will be added to the banner in the gymnasium of 1,000+ points scorers in Hostos history.

The ASAP student will graduate this summer with plans of continuing his career at a four-year institution. In late April, Smith will compete in an invitation-only NJCAA All-Star Tournament and have the opportunity to showcase his skills against Division I players for potential scholarship offers.

Hostos basketball Destini Green
Destini Green

Destini Green of Hostos’ women’s team also had an impressive season, helping lead the Caimans to a fifth-place national finish and the school’s first ever appearance at the NJCAA Division III National Championships.

Green was named NJCAA Second-Team All-American for her tremendous efforts throughout the season averaging 14.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 3.8 steals per game. Green earned CUNYAC and Region XV Player of the Year honors, along with being named Region XV Tournament MVP.

Both Smith and Green were the only two CUNY basketball players recognized with All-American honors this year. For a list of the full All-American list, click here.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.