Dukes head to Lexington for first game against an SEC foe in 19 seasons
Duquesne at Rhode Island, 01-27-2018.
@DuqMBB A-10 Championship First Round
@DuqMBB vs. Saint Joseph's
FOR 70 - #DuqMBB 52
GW 77 - @DuqMBB 70
Nebraska transfer played in 64 of a possible 64 games in two seasons at Duquesne ... averaged 10.5 points and 3.14 assists in 28.5 minutes/g. as a Duke ... started the first 36 games of his DU career before coming off the bench for the first time vs. Pitt on Dec. 1, 2017 ... came off the bench in his last 28 games ... averaged 12.4 points per game as a junior on his way to being named Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year ... was just the second player in school history to earn the honor (joining Kevin Forney in 2003) ... scored in double digits 36 times, including 35 times in 64 games at DU ... scored 20 or more seven times (24 vs. St. Bonaventure on Feb. 3, 2018 last) ... had 18 more 3-pointers in 30 games in 2017-18 (39-of-117, .333) than he had in 63 games entering the season (21-of-82, .256) ... opted to pursue a graduate transfer following the 2017-18 season.
As a Junior at Duquesne (2017-18)
• Was one of six players to see action in all 32 games.
• Averaged 12.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.5 minutes per game.
• Led the team with 140 free throw attempts and was second in assists (102) and third in steals (31).
• Came off the bench 28 times on his way to being named Atlantic 10 Sixth Man of the Year. Was just the second player in school history (Kevin Forney in 2003 was the other) to earn the award.
• Hit three or more 3-pointers in a game five times, a feat he accomplished once in his first two seasons.
• Scored 20 or more five times - including four times off the bench.
• Totaled a career-high 26 points (8-of-10) vs. Southern Illinois at the Las Vegas Classic. It was the most points off the bench since Bill Clark scored 34 vs. La Salle on Feb. 14, 2010. Smith earned a spot on 10-man Classic all-tournament team for his effort.
• Had 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win over VMI.
• Set a new career high with four 3-pointers (4-of-6) in scoring 20 points - on his 22nd birthday - vs. Stetson.
• Handed out seven assists vs. George Mason.
• Scored 24 points in 28 minutes vs. St. Bonaventure.
• Matched his career high with four 3-pointers (4-of-7, 19 points) at Saint Joseph’s. Hit three “3s” in the game’s final 47 seconds.
As a Sophomore at Duquesne (2016-17)
• Was one of three players to start all 32 games.
• Averaged 8.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists per game.
• Led team in assists (99) and steals (34).
• Scored in double digits 14 times and totaled 20 or more twice.
• Went 8-of-11 in scoring a career-high 23 points vs. Saint Francis U. Followed that with 18 points and five assists vs. Canisius.
• Scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half of the win over Jackson State. Added six assists and seven rebounds in 36 turnover-free minutes vs. the Tigers.
• Scored in double digits four times in conference play, with a high of 14 vs. Saint Louis. Added a career-high eight assists against the Billikens.
• Had 12 points, a career-high eight rebounds and seven assists at Richmond.
• Scored 14 points vs. Saint Louis in the A-10 Championship. It was his highest point total since Jan. 11.
As a Freshman at Nebraska (2014-15)
•Was one of four players to see action in all 31 games.
• Averaged 4.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 17.6 minutes per game. Shot 45 percent from the field, including 33 percent from the 3-point arc as the Huskers’ fourth-leading scorer.
• Tied or set season highs in points three times during Big Ten play, including a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting at Ohio State. Went 3-of-3 from the arc and added a pair of assists in 27 minutes against the Buckeyes.
• Had eight points and a pair of steals in helping the Huskers nearly erase a 20-point second-half deficit at Penn State.
• Grabbed seven rebounds in a season-high 30 minutes at Michigan.
• Began his college career with six points in 16 minutes against Northern Kentucky.
• Did not commit a turnover until his fifth college game (a span of 63 season-opening minutes).
• Earned a spot on the NU Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall. Was also named to the 2014-15 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team which requires a Husker in good academic standing to complete a minimum of six community service/leadership projects in the academic calendar year.
• St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J. (head coach Bob Hurley).
• Was a two-year starter for one of the most heralded high school basketball programs in the country.
• Helped lead the Friars to a 53-7 record, two sectional titles and state runner-up finishes in 2013 & 2014.
• Averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for 25-5 St. Anthony’s on his way to earning AP first team all-state honors as a senior.
• Scored in double figures in all but two games as a senior.
• Averaged just over seven points per game as a junior while sharing playing time with Hallice Cooke (Iowa State/Nevada) and Josh Brown (Temple) at guard for the 28-2 Friars.
• Was the only sophomore on the varsity team in 2011-12, when St. Anthony went 32-0, ranked first nationally and won the Tournament of Champions title as the best team in the state.
• Played AAU ball for northern New Jersey-based Sports University. Was one of five players from Sports U to sign with Division I teams along with Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky/Minnesota Timberwolves), Jared Nickens (Maryland), Wade Baldwin IV (Vanderbilt/Memphis Grizzlies) and Quadri Moore (Cincinnati).
• Strongly considered Providence and Ole Miss - along with Duquesne - prior to signing with Nebraska.
• Was valedictorian of his class at St. Anthony, where he was also a member of the National Honor Society.
• Sports marketing major.
• Date of birth: 12/6/95.
Smith Stats at Nebraska
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT O/D REB PF-DQ A TO BK S PTS-AVG 2015* 31/3 545/17.6 53-119 .445 10-30 .333 23-38 .605 11/38 49-1.6 39-1 22 24 9 18 139-4.5 * - at Nebraska