Your father's name
is Smith; your mother's maiden name is Smith; there are 2� million other Smiths
in America; there are at least 30 other Smiths playing Division I basketball;
and two of those Smiths have the same first name (Michael) as you. What do you
do to stand out from the crowd?
If you're Michael
Smith, Brigham Young University's 6'9" junior forward, you single yourself
?Leading the WAC
in three-point field goal percentage (48.6%).
basketball for two years of missionary work.
thrift-shop sport jackets and silk-screening your own designs on T-shirts and
liked being different," says Smith, whose difference is largely a matter of
style. He likes to defy convention, whether by means of his wardrobe or by
filling the middle lane on the fast break. "For his size, he's unique,"
says BYU coach Ladell Andersen. "He's simply a great shooter, an
outstanding passer, our best rebounder, a 90 percent free throw
Smith, who had
just returned from his South American mission, led last season's Cougars in
rebounding average (8.5 per game), scored more points than any other sophomore
in BYU history (643) and led the WAC in scoring for the conference's 16-game
schedule (21.4 ppg). He also was a first-team Academic All-America. A Spanish
major with a minor in zoology, he plans to attend medical school after
was predictable. At Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif., he was a
straight-A student, student body president, and All-America in three sports
(football, basketball and volleyball).
As good as Smith
was last season, Andersen expects even more from his 22-year-old junior.
"He hadn't played basketball for two years," says Andersen. "It
takes about a year to get back to where you were." Smith, who played
basketball four to five hours a day this summer, agrees. "I wasn't out
there like a dog, panting, but I could tell the difference," he says,
adding that he is "more ready to play than I have ever been
Clearly this is
one Smith who is determined to make a name for himself.