Palomar Men's Basketball 2012-13
CA / Carlsbad, CA
SCHOOL: Glendora (Glendora, CA), Class of 2010
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Citrus Community College
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 23, 1992 in Verdugo
Hills, CA. ... Son of Eric Smith, the Public Address
Announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and former P.A.
Announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers, and Jennifer
Smith. ... Brother of Casie Smith (18)
SEASON: Coming off two surgeries which delayed the
start of his college basketball career, Smith has
started 20 games while missing 2 games due to a minor
injury and illness, averaging 6.5
points and 5.6 rebounds per game but contributing most
with his defense, ball-handling, presence inside and leadership,
taking some pressure off 7-foot-1 center Joe Vaz. ...
Passed off for 5 assists as Palomar opened the season by
routing Glendale (AZ) Community College 90-63 in the
first round of the Frank Garcia Tipoff Tournament on
Nov. 8 at College of the Desert. ... Had his first
double-double of the season on Nov. 10, scoring 11
points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Comets defeated
Los Angeles Trade Telch 80-68 in the third-place game.
... Hauled in 7 rebounds as Palomar defeated
Barstow 92-66 to begin the Fullerton Holiday Tournament
on Nov. 15. ... Scored 12 points in a 78-72 loss to
Saddleback in the championship semifinals. ... Had 7
points and 7 assists as the Comets downed Fullerton
92-85 to on the first night of the Palomar Thanksgiving
Tournament on Nov. 23. ... Dished off 5 assists in
a championship-game loss to defending state champion and
state No. 1-ranked Fresno City College two nights later.
... Had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds
in a 73-56 victory over Los Angeles Trade ech on Dec. 4
to begin the 41st Riverside Holiday Tournament. ... Had
11 points and 4 assists as the Comets knocked off the
host team, Riverside City College, 59-55 in the
quarterfinals of the 16-team tournament on Nov. 6.....
Tallied 12 points in a 72-62 win vs. San Diego City
College in the semifinals the next night. ... Scored 10
points in a 71-67 championship-game loss to Saddleback
on Nov. 8, giving him four-of-four double-figure scoring
performances in the tournament and putting him on the
all-tourney team. ... Grabbed 8 rebounds in a 60-53 win
over El Camino on Dec. 18. ... Coming back strong from a
strained knee, scored 11 points and drained three
3-point shots in a 1:50 span late in the second half to
help lift the Comets past MiraCosta 77-69 on Jan. 11.
... Had a pair of big blocks in a 95-59 win over Miramar
on Jan. 23. ... Helped the Comets down San Diego Mesa
98-72 in a crucial Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
game on Jan. 25 with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
COLLEGE: Originally enrolled at Citrus Community
College as a gray-shirt. Then came to Palomar as a
SCHOOL: Averaged 21.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a
game as a senior at Glendora High School during the
2009-10 season, making the All-CIF Southern Section
Division 2AA first-team as the Tartans went 18-9. ...
Was a McDonald's All-American nominee. ... Had three
straight 30-plus point games in four days, scoring 31
points in a 75-37 victory over Ganesha, 33 points and 11
rebounds in a 62-53 win over Charter Oak and 34 points
in a 78-51 rout of Monrovia. ... Also had 11 rebounds in
a 66-34 win over Santa Ana.
ACADEMICS: Art Education major. ... Had a 3.33
grade-point average in high school and a 3.8 GPA for the
Fall 2012 semester at Palomar.
Above photos by Melinda
Finn (left) and Hugh Cox (right)
(Updated as of Feb. 5, 2013)