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Posted On: 06/9/18 7:17 AM
Palatka had one heck of a season a year ago reaching the Class 6A state semifinals.
A crucial piece to the teams’ success and 28-3 overall record was 2019 guard Ydontae Smith. The 5’11”, 155-pounder was called upon to step up early in the season with a key guard suspended seven games.
Smith averaged 7.5 PPG and called his junior season very successful.
No offers have come yet for Smith, but he’s drawn interest from the likes of Flagler and Western Oklahoma State.
In terms of his biggest strengths, he pointed to his ability to get his teammates involved and be a vocal leader. He wants to get better as an attacker and work on his overall strength.
Smith says his confidence is very high right now.
“My team and I put in the work last summer and we did big things. You will see us back at state,” he told Prep Hoops.
Alongside 2019 forward Mitchell McKinnon and 2020 athletes Wesley Roberts and Malik Beauford, Smith is the pacesetter for his offense. Expect him to do a lot of similar things on the court such as attacking and distributing to contribute to his team’s wins.