Chattanooga guard Malachi Smith, the Southern Convention Participant of the 12 months, entered the faculty basketball switch portal Wednesday morning.
Smith instantly turns into one of many high gamers accessible within the portal.
A 6-foot-4 guard from Illinois, Smith was a premier mid-major guard final season for the Mocs. He averaged 19.9 factors, 6.7 rebounds and three.0 assists and shot 40.7% from 3-point vary. A few of his largest video games got here towards high competitors, as he went for 27 factors and 7 rebounds towards Belmont after which scored 36 factors in a loss to Murray State three days later. He additionally had 25 factors and 11 rebounds within the SoCon semifinals towards Wofford.
Smith earned consensus SoCon Participant of the 12 months honors.
In the course of the 2020-21 season, Smith was a first-team All-SoCon choice after turning into the primary Chattanooga participant to guide this system in factors, rebounds and assists in the identical season. He averaged 16.8 factors, 8.8 rebounds and three.3 assists that season and made 38.3% of his 3-point makes an attempt.
Smith began his profession at Wright State, the place he spent one season earlier than transferring and sitting out at Chattanooga.
This previous season, he helped lead the Mocs to the NCAA event, the place they fell within the ultimate seconds to Illinois within the first spherical. Coach Lamont Paris left days later to turn into the top coach at South Carolina, changing Frank Martin.
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