CARROLLTON, Ga. – As we continue to move closer each day to the 2017-18 West Georgia basketball season, uwgsports.com continues to take a look at the newcomers that head coach Michael Cooney signed for the upcoming season. Today, we take a glance at transfer guard Marquill Smith.
A 6-4 guard from Miami, Fla., Smith comes to the Wolves as a Division I transfer from University of San Francisco. He appeared in 19 games for the Dons a year ago, averaging 3.2 points per game, but his biggest impact was a the three-point line, as Smith hit on 14-of-32 three-points, a 43.7% mark. Smith scored 12 points twice for the Dons as a sophomore, against Sacramento State and San Francisco State.
“We are thrilled to have Marquill in our program,” says coach Michael Cooney. UWG's coach calls Smith “a long, lanky, versatile guard who possesses elite athleticism.” He adds, “Marquill has the physical tools and game to be an outstanding defender and player for us the next two seasons."
Smith prepped at a basketball factory in Miami Christian in his hometown of Miami, Fla. There he had a significant amount of success, averaging 22.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists as a senior, helping the Victors to the Florida 2A state championship with a 71-44 victory over Orlando Agape Christian. With that success, he was named Dade County's Player of the Year and was also selected as Florida's Dairy Farmers Class 2A Player of the Year. In addition, he was one of nine finalists for Florida's Mr. Basketball award in 2015.
Fans get their first look at the Smith and the entire 2017-18 Wolves' squad in a November 2 exhibition as Carver visits The Coliseum. The new season officially begins November 11 as the Wolves face Miles in the GSC-SIAC Classic in Cleveland, Tenn.