In 30 games as a sophomore at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, Smith averaged 23.5 points per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field. She also grabbed 11.0 rebounds per game while recording 66 steals and rejecting 28 shots. While playing for the Lady Titans, she led the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges in scoring and was second in rebounding and helped lead the team to a fourth-place finish in the playoffs.
She attended Willamette High School in Willamette, Oregon, where she helped the Wolverines to two state championships in her four years on varsity. Smith was also was awarded as Oregon School Activities Association 5A Co-Player of the year, while leading her team to a 27-0 record during the 2008-09 season.
Smith began her collegiate career at Idaho State, but transferred to Lane after one season, averaging 11.3 minutes in 28 games off the bench for the Bengals.
"AJ is a strong player that can score outside and inside and I anticipate her being able to step in and contribute right away," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "She has the ability to post up strong in the paint and she also has a great three-point shot. That balance she has with her game can create a lot of match-up problems and make us difficult to defend. We have been watching and getting to know AJ through the recruiting process since early December and are extremely happy she's decided to be a Tiger. She not only fits in well with our style of play, she also really fits in with our team and University community."