Posted On: 12/27/16 2:05 PM
Known for his standout athleticism and explosive play, Washington 2017 and University of Missouri-Kansas City commit Demarco Smith is trying to lead a young team to a successful season.
Smith said that the decision to commit to UMKC was almost a no-brainer.
“I just loved UMKC they were actually the first college to look at me my freshman year,” Smith said. “Then when I went on the visit they showed me so much love, and it’s close to home so my family can come see me play and I think I will fit right in because they play fast full court the whole game.
“My commitment to UMKC is bigger than myself It’s about showing people that talent exists here in Kansas City and wanting to provide a bigger outlet to help up and coming athletes in the metro area.”
Smith also drew interest from Xavier, Drake, Butler, New Mexico and New Hampshire.
During the summer, Smith played on Team KC and went up against some of the top point guards in the entire country and held his own very well.
“My summer went great and this was honestly the best summer I had ever played,” Smith said. “I always wanted to go against the best team and go at the point guards and my team had so much faith in me.”
Smith who is averaging around 25 points per game is currently leading an inexperienced team, but says he takes pride in being a leader.
“We are a work in progress we started off the season a little confused because we have a young team,” he said. “I enjoy playing with those guys and getting to teach them some stuff.”
When asked about his biggest influence on his basketball career, Smith had lots of love for a couple of different people.
“My Uncle Patrick Cowens and my basketball coach Kenneth Green,” Smith said. “My uncle has been a major support in my life leading me in the right directions and just the things he has done for me it’s a blessing.
“Coach Green is almost like a father to me. It is more then basketball to him, it’s about being successful because I have no father in my life and he stepped up and saw what I didn’t see in myself. He really made me who I am today every year I got better and better because of him when I thought about quitting he was there and because of him I have honestly became one of the best PG’s in the country I think.”
Smith said he has a date against friend and former AAU teammate Matt Pile circled on his schedule after defeating Pile’s team in the state tournament last season.
Smith also said he enjoys watching Oklahoma City Thunder standout Russell Westbrook and tries to play a lot like him on the court.
“I watch Westbrook each and every day,” he said. “I try to play just like him and I study his game daily. Most people say I play just like him with how hard he dunks the ball. He is fearless and he plays like he has nothing to lose and that is just like me.”