June 27, 2014

Men's Basketball announces signing of guard Dwight Smith

Collin Boyles
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- The Northern Colorado men's basketball team and Head Coach B.J. Hill announced the signing of Dwight Smith for the 2014-15 season. The transfer from Colorado State is one of three newcomers to the squad.

Smith, a 6-4 guard originally from Omaha, Neb., spent the past four seasons with the Rams, including a redshirt season in 2012-13 after a change in the team's coaching staff. Despite being plagued during the 2013-14 season with a broken thumb and a sprained ankle, Smith played in 18 games while also setting career-highs in one start.

"We are extremely excited to add Dwight to our program," Hill said. "He brings a great deal of experience and leadership to our team.

"Dwight is a player I had a great amount of respect for when we competed against him. The energy he plays with is something any coach would love. We believe he will add a great deal to our team in many areas that will help is be successful this season."

"I'm stepping in to the perfect type of role," Smith said. "I've done four years at a school up the road, so obviously I have the experience for the level. I'll really be stepping in and fitting into a role and be able to fit in with the offensive schemes, so I think I'll be able to fit in quite well no matter what kind of scheme.

"(The decision) was kind of based off the year I had; injuries and the situation (with scholarship). A lot of mid-major schools reached out and offered (scholarships), and [my former assistant coach] actually got in contact with Coach Davidson and Coach B.J. Hill, talked to them and they offered. The thing that got me down there was the vision and the relationship I had with some of the players. Looking from the outside in for (this) season looks like a great situation."

During the Rams' season-ending loss to Utah State, Smith recorded a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds after starting in place of injured forward Gerson Santo. He averaged 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game during his redshirt-junior season.

Smith made an immediate impact with the Rams during his first two seasons while playing in 50 games and starting eight. Throughout his career, he totaled 237 points, 118 rebounds, 50 assists, 19 steals and 17 blocks in 68 games and nine starts.

Relationships with current Northern Colorado student-athletes Tim Huskisson, Corey Spence and Tevin Svihovec helped in Smith's decision to join the team. Not only were those players friendly to Smith, the entire team helped to provide something that other offering schools did not.

"One thing that stuck out for me, a lot, more than the other schools was that when I came on visit I was welcomed," Smith said. "Everybody talked, everybody introduced themselves, everybody was out playing with me. It was just a lot of communication, a lot of back-and-forth."

Smith will wear number 44 this season with UNC after wearing 33 with CSU. He was born on April 7, 1992 to Rosemary Smith and the late Gregory Smith.