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Mike Smith
Drafted by Washington Wizards in Round 2, pick 35
Position: Small Forward
College: Louisiana Monroe
Conference: Southland
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 195
Age: 24
Birthdate: 04/05/76
High School: West Monroe, Monroe, La.

Smith may be one of those rare gems from lesser-known conferences who turns up every year at Portsmouth, Va., the NBA's first tryout camp. Smith did more than just make his presence known at Portsmouth -- he was chosen MVP of the tournament. Smith is a bit slender at 6-8 and 195 pounds, but he has the full range of skills. The Southland Conference Player of the Year averaged 20.1 points and a league-leading 9.4 rebounds this season. He was also sixth in the SLC in free-throw percentage (79.6), tied for second in 3-pointers per game (2.6) and eighth in blocked shots (93. He could be a second-round pick.

Career Statistics
Seasons  FGs  PCT  3-pts  PCT  FTs  PCT  RPG  APG  BLK  STL  PTS  AVE 
'99-00* 28 187-441 .424 75-222 .338 113-141 .801 9.4 3.4 23 42 562 20.1
* -- senior season only
 

Notables

  • Ranked 23rd in the nation in scoring (20.1 ppg)
  • Player of the Year in the Southland Conference
  • The MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
  • Very good athlete
  • Junior College All-American at Bossier Parish CC (LA)
  • Newcomer of Year and First-Team All-Southland as a junior


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