Day's way to play: Ex-Hog quickens overhaul strategy


Photographs by Benjamin Krain

Todd Day, the all-time leading scorer at Arkansas and a three-time All-American, is in his first season as head coach at Philander Smith College in Little Rock. After a 5-1 start, followed by a six-game losing streak, the Panthers switched to a faster pace of play.

Todd Day did not watch one second of video of Philander Smith through the season's first 12 games.


Philander Smith’s Rolandis Hall (left), a junior forward from Jacksonville, laughs with Coach Todd Day after a practice earli... + Enlarge


POSITION Philander Smith, head coach

AGE 47

FAMILY Wife, Brenda; Son, Todd Jr.; Daughter, Natasha

COACHING CAREER Philander Smith (2016-present); Memphis Hamilton High School (2014-16); Memphis Academy of Health and Sciences (2009-14); Arkansas Impact (2008)

PLAYING CAREER Arkansas Aeros (2006-2007); Argentino de Junin (Argentina) (2006); APOEL (Turkey) (2005-06); Arkansas Rimrockers (2004-05); Minnesota Timberwolves (2000-01); Phoenix Suns (1999-2000); La Crosse (Wis.) Bobcats (1998-99); Scavolini Pesaro (Italy) (1998); Miami Heat (1997); Boston Celtics (1995-96); Milwaukee Bucks (1992-95)

NOTABLE Led Memphis Hamilton High School, his alma mater, to a state championship in 2015, his first season at the school. … Set Arkansas’ career record for points (2,395) and field goals (835) from 1988-92. … Was selected eighth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1992 NBA Draft. … Averaged 16.0 points while playing all 82 games for Milwaukee in 1994-95. … Averaged 12.3 points and shot 40.6 percent over seven NBA seasons with five teams, with a career high of 41 points in a game with the Celtics.

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