44  Sam Smithson
Sam Smithson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Horse Shoe, N.C.

High School:
West Henderson HS

Last College:
Hargrave Military Academy

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 225

Position:
C


05/07/2012

Student-Athletes Take Part in 2012 Commencement Exercises

Fifteen student-athletes graduated with honors as 41 walked across the stage to earn their degrees from Western Carolina.

04/11/2012

Catamount Basketball Announces 2011-12 Year-End Awards

Squad held its annual post-season dinner on Wednesday evening

02/25/2012

Catamounts Close Regular Season with Win over Mountaineers

Trey Sumler's career day leads WCU past Appalachian State

02/24/2012

Catamounts Fend Off Samford Behind Cole's Career Night

Western Carolina host the archrival Mountaineers Saturday at 2 pm

02/24/2012

Rivalry Renewed: Catamounts Host Mountaineers on Senior Day

Western Carolina, Appalachian State meet in front-end of WCU hoops double-header

02/25/2012

2012 Men's Basketball Senior Day

2012 Men's Basketball Senior Day

02/24/2012

2012 Men's Basketball Seniors Share Memories

2012 Men's Basketball Seniors Share Memories

01/12/2012

Basketball Spotlight - Sam Smithson

Basketball Spotlight - Sam Smithson

2011-12 (Senior): Played in 17 games, all coming off the bench ... Scored 26 points with 27 rebounds on the year ... Shot 41-percent from the field on the season ... Blocked two shots at South Carolina (11/11) ... Saw double-digit playing time twice with 14 minutes against Montreat College (11/15) and a career-long 18 minutes against Toccoa Falls (1/17) ... Scored six points against Montreat before tallying a career-high 14 points in the record-setting victory over Toccoa Falls, shooting 6-of-9 from the floor and adding three steals ... Just missed a double-double against Toccoa Falls, recording a career-high nine rebounds including six on the offensive end ... Tallied a break-away slam dunk on Senior Day in the home win over Appalachian State (2/25).

2010-11 (Junior): Played in a career-best 18 games, all off the bench ... Averaged 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game on the year ... Scored a career-high six points against Warren Wilson (11/22) and matching it with six points at No. 2 Ohio State (12/12) ... Matched a career-high with six rebounds against WWC and finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor in the latter ... Played a career-long 14 minutes in Legends Classic Tournament action against Gardner-Webb (11/27), blocking a career-best two shots ... Received the team's "Scholar-Athlete Award" in the post-season ... Named to the National Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2010-11 Honors Court during the summer of 2011.

2009-10 (Sophomore): Played in seven games, coming off the bench ... Scored 11 points on the season, averaging 1.6 points per appearance ... Added eight rebounds - four offensive and four defensive - for a 1.1 average per contest ... Made his collegiate debut in the season opener against St. Catharine College, scoring a career-best four points on a perfect showing from the floor and a 2-for-4 performance at the free throw line ... Saw his most extensive game action against Berea College, playing a then career-long 14 minutes and pulling down a career-high six rebounds.

2008-09 (Freshman): Accepted an invitation as a preferred walk-on to join the Catamount basketball team ... Practiced with the team but did not play ... Was awarded an athletic scholarship in May of 2009.

Prior to Western: Was a postgraduate player at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia for head coach Kevin Keatts; High School: Was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2006-07 after averaging 19.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game during his senior season at West Henderson for head coach Rob Bliss ... Played in the North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star game ... Garnered All-WAC accolades as a junior when he averaged 14.8 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game ... Also played football as a prep.

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