NBA Star Celebrating Black History Month

Former Iowa State University (ISU) and National Basketball Association (NBA) star Don Smith, now known as, Zaid Abdul-Aziz , will speak at two DMACC Black History month events on Feb. 24.

Abdul-Aziz will speak from 9:40 to 11:05 a.m. in the Theater on the DMACC Boone Campus and then from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in Room 124-126, Bldg. #1 on the DMACC Urban Campus.

Abdul-Aziz was born in Brooklyn in 1946. He honed his basketball skills on the New York City playgrounds before heading to ISU. After breaking nearly every ISU record, the two-time All-American was selected fifth overall in the 1968 NBA draft. He enjoyed a successful ten-year professional career with the Bucks, Rockets, Sonics and Celtics.

During his career, Abdul-Aziz posted 155 double, doubles or games in which he recorded double figures in both points and rebounds. He still ranks sixth in Sonics history for rebounds per minute played.

He changed his name after converting to the Islamic faith in 1976.

After retiring from the NBA, he worked as a chemical/alcohol dependency counselor. In 1998, Abdul-Aziz was inducted into the Iowa State Basketball Hall of Fame. Six year later, his #35 jersey was retired up into the Hilton Coliseum rafters.

He is the author of Darkness to Sunlight and is recognized as a national speaker.

Abdul-Aziz’s presentations, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by the DMACC Boone Campus Student Activities Council, the DMACC Urban Campus Student Activities Council (SAC) and the DMACC Diversity Commission.