Former Chattanooga goalkeeper Malachi Smith commits to the Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball team

Former Chattanooga goalkeeper Malachi Smiththe best men’s basketball transfer available at the gate, committed to Gonzaga, is Advertise on social media Thursday.

“I wanted to have the opportunity to play for Hall of Fame head coach Mark Few, to be part of a winning culture, for a team that has a family feel,” Smith told ESPN.

Smith picked the iron over a group that included Louisville, Texas Tech, DePaul and Stanford, but he’s had interest from nearly every school in need of a guard since entering the transfer gate in late April.

Smith, this year’s Southern Conference player of the year, was one of the best average players in the country last season, averaging 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while firing 40.7% from a 3-point range. He was also testing for the NBA draft before dropping out on the NCAA deadline, and says he’s gathered valuable feedback from teams about what they want to see him work on to improve his career standing.

“They want me to prove that I can be a versatile defender against a talent of NBA caliber while still showing my offensive game as a key goalkeeper,” he said. “They want to see that I can compete at this level.”

Smith joins Gonzaga who will gain attention as the country’s first pre-season team along with North Carolina after the return of several key players. This includes the pre-season National Player of the Year nominee Drew Tim And two other Novices from last year’s NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in Year Five Racer Bolton and young Julian Strother – Both scorers are double digits.

Two major reserves from last season in great strength forward Anton Watson The second year guard Nolan Hickman They also come back, join LSU’s transfer center Ifton Red.

Smith says being part of a team aspiring to the national championship was attractive, even if there were no guarantees he would be the focal point of attack with so many talented players returning.

“A lot of winning teams vying for titles have great pieces,” he said. “Kansas has had four or five guys who could be the guy on different teams. Gonzaga’s Final Four had four or five guys who could play in the NBA. I know that being part of a great team everything is going to go well from It’s supposed to be that way, as long as we win matches.”

Perhaps most important to Gonzaga is that Smith brings in an experienced, battle-tested guard known for his vocal command – something the roster currently lacks.

“Bring in talent,” he said, “but I was also in March of Madness.” “I have led a team in one course. I have experience being a leader, using my voice and knowing where the guys need to be to help everything run smoothly. My goal is to be a part of something special, upping my game.”

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