Father of the Alabama Forestry Commission says his 11-year-old son, Michael J. Smith, has been in remission for six months following his diagnosis of leukemia.
The Alabama Department of Forestry announced Wednesday that Smith is expected to survive his treatment and be discharged from the hospital early next month.
He has been living with the disease since January, when he suffered a seizure while playing with his brothers in their backyard.
Smith, who is from the state’s north, was diagnosed with the cancer when he was 6.
He is the son of two-time Alabama All-American Dave Smith, who was the son-in-law of former Alabama basketball coach Tubby Smith.
“My son is a man of god, a Christian man,” Smith told ESPN on Wednesday.
“He has not had any seizures, he is going to be out of there soon.
I have to make the best of it.”
Smith, the grandson of former NBA star Billy Smith, was a five-year starter at Alabama before the cancer was discovered.
After playing in the NBA, Smith played in the National Basketball Association and the Canadian Basketball League before joining the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012.
In his first season with the Crimson Tide, he averaged 17.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from three-point range.
Last year, Smith was the team’s All-Freshman Team after averaging 12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
He was the Crimson-Cumberland Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2016.