Featured Player of the Week

Patriots Matt Smith in action during the 2018-2019 season.

Matt Smith, Independence Patriots has been selected The Mint Hill Times first “Featured Player of the Week.”  The strong 6’6″ 215 pound power forward had an outstanding game against Richmond on Thursday night on the Pats home court gymnasium.   

He led Independence to a 58-39 victory in the second round of the men’s state basketball tournament.  Smith scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double, he also contributed 2 steals and 2 blocks in the basketball game.  He could have easily had 27 or more points if he had a little more luck under the basket missing some shots going around the rim and in and out of the basket.  Smith has had multiple double-double games throughout the season and has been a huge part of the Patriots successful 2018-2019 campaign.  He shot 7-14 from the floor for 50% in the contest.

In the third round game against Ardrey Kell he led the Patriots with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 huge blocks in the 65-64 heartbreaking overtime loss.  He showed his leadership and competitive spirit throughout the hard fought ball game.

He has been named by head coach Preston Davis the “Player of the Game” 10 times in his outstanding career at Independence.

Matt, during the 2018-2019 campaign has accumulated rock solid statistics.  In 28 games recorded has averaged 10.0 per game, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks and 0.9 assists during his senior and final season.  His final totals include 277 points, 180 rebounds, 25 assists, 39 steals, 34 blocks and 28 deflections this season.

The Murray State University recruit had an excellent tournament where he had an opportunity to showcase his athletic ability in the two games played.  He scored 34 points, grabbed 19 rebounds, added 7 steals and blocked 7 shots.



Congratulations to Matt Smith for being selected our “Player of the Week.”




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Ed Berti
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