44  Sam Smithson
Sam Smithson


Horse Shoe, N.C.

High School:
West Henderson HS

Last College:
Hargrave Military Academy

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 225



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.


Catamount Basketball Announces 2011-12 Year-End Awards

Squad held its annual post-season dinner on Wednesday evening


Catamounts Close Regular Season with Win over Mountaineers

Trey Sumler's career day leads WCU past Appalachian State


Catamounts Fend Off Samford Behind Cole's Career Night

Western Carolina host the archrival Mountaineers Saturday at 2 pm


Rivalry Renewed: Catamounts Host Mountaineers on Senior Day

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


2012 Men's Basketball Senior Day

2012 Men's Basketball Senior Day


2012 Men's Basketball Seniors Share Memories

2012 Men's Basketball Seniors Share Memories


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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