Smith Named Navy Athlete of the Week, Presented by Rolls Royce
Jan. 22, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy sophomore men's basketball player Worth Smith has been named the Navy Athlete of the Week Presented by Rolls Royce for his role in the Midshipmen's 59-50 win over Army on Sunday on national television.
Smith, a 6-6 sophomore from Mooresville, N.C., averaged 16.5 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game and 1.0 assists, blocks and steals in two Navy games last week. Smith tied a career high with 17 points in the loss to Holy Cross last Wednesday night, then led Navy to its first Patriot League win since 2011-12 with a monster 16-point, nine-rebound performance against Army. In the decisive second half against the Black Knights, Smith scored 10 points (3-4 FGs, 2-2 3Ps) and had seven rebounds, while hitting a pair of clutch three-pointers in the final 12 minutes. His first trifecta gave Navy a 40-34 lead with 11:57 left while his second triple pushed the Navy lead to 48-37 with 8:07 remaining. He also held Ella Ellis (Army's leading scorer) to just 4-12 FGs and 1-6 3Ps and added two blocked shots against the Black Knights, giving him 22 for the season.
Smith now needs just 15 points, 43 rebounds and six blocked shots to become the third Navy player (Gary Price & David Robinson) in school history with 400 points, 300 rebounds and 50 blocks by the end of his sophomore season. He ranks second on the team in scoring (9.9 ppg) and leads the team in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and blocked shots (22). He is one of three Patriot League players to have compiled 150 points, 100 rebounds, 15 assists, 15 blocks and 15 steals this year. He currently ranks sixth in the Patriot League in rebounds, seventh in steals and fourth in blocked shots.
Smith and his teammates will head to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (Jan. 23) to face American. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM and the contest will be televised by Comcast Sportsnet.
# GO NAVY #