Thursday, November 5, 2009

Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year: Ben Smith

National Hoops Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year
Ben Smith, PG, Senior, Jacksonville

Smith has helped transform the Dolphins from a one win team into a NCAA tournament contender. Not bad for a guy that had one Division I offer coming out of Dublin High School in Georgia. Smith averaged 16.9 points, four assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a junior.

Smith shined on the national stage in Las Vegas and at the state level at my first Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase.

After watching him against the best players Georgia has ever seen in one building, I wrote: "Ben Smith isn't a sexy prospect but he sure is efficient and makes things happen. The 5-foot-10 point guard always finds a way to win games, knows how to lead a team and he's tough as nails. His understanding of the game makes him a guy that can help a low to mid-major program."

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