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Georgia Tech Basketball: Player Preview - Adam Smith

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Today, we're looking at a grad transfer that should improve Tech's three-point shooting.

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As basketball season approaches, we at FTRS will be breaking down the team player by player. Today, we take a look at Adam Smith.


Adam Smith was a solid player coming out of Fayette County High School in Jonesboro, Georgia, in 2011. His senior season saw him post some pretty spectacular numbers: 26.2 points, three rebounds and five assists per game. He had a rating as a three-star by Rivals, but had no actual rating.

In the midst of his senior season, Smith committed to UNC Wilmington, with his only other offer from Murray State. Once there, he was an All-Rookie selection for the Colonial Athletic Association after finishing second on the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game. He scored double digits in 20 games as a freshman, with his best three coming against Wake Forest (32), Toledo (27) and Maryland (23).

Smith elected to transfer from UNC Wilmington following his freshman season and chose to go to Virginia Tech to play under their new head coach James Johnson.

In his first season with the Hokies, Smith played in 14 games (nine of those starts) and averaged 11 points per game and shot 35.8 percent from the three-point line. The reason he saw little action in this season was due to various injury-related issues, mainly a lingering calf strain that caused him to be shut down following the Boston College game.

He still had some great games in that season, though, including a 27-point showing against Michigan State.

Smith played in 33 games for the Hokies last year, starting 21 of those games. By the end of the season, Smith was their leading scorer at 13.4 points per game and led the ACC shooting 42.4 percent from the three-point line (191 attempts). He put up 20 or more points five times: Miami (OH) (26), Morgan State (22), FSU (24), Pitt (26) and Boston College (22). He put up double-digit points in 25 games.

Following his second season with the Hokies, Smith graduated and elected to transfer again. On April 23, it was reported that he would transfer to Georgia Tech to play his final year of eligibility.

This Year

Tadric Jackson and the 6-foot-1 165 pound Smith should make for a pretty good 1-2 combo at shooting guard. With Smith's experience and three-point expertise, however, I think he will end up being the starter there. Unfortunately, Smith doesn't bring much else to the table, only averaging 2.6 rebounds per game and less than one assist per game. He definitely does add a very dangerous three-point shooter to this team that desperately needed one last season.