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Smith named to All-America team

April 10, 2014

 

 

Kenneth “Speedy” Smith was named to the 2014 Lefty Driesell All-America Team last week after a successful season for the junior guard. – Photo by Ben Breland/ Courtesy of Media Relations

Kenneth “Speedy” Smith was named to the 2014 Lefty Driesell All-America Team last week after a successful season for the junior guard. – Photo by Ben Breland/ Courtesy of Media Relations

WILL TRAHAN
Staff Reporter

 

After Raheem Appleby went down this season with an ankle injury, Kenneth “Speedy” Smith took the team and put it on his back.

 

Smith has earned the honor of being named to the 2014 Lefty Driesell All-America team.

 

Lefty Driesell was the only coach in history to win 100 basketball games at four different division I schools.

 

The coach was most notably remembered for his time at Maryland where he finished his career with a record of 786-394.

 

Smith set career highs in multiple categories and brought a sense of leadership to the team.

 

“I will stay humble and never get complacent,” Smith said about being honored with the award.

 

Head coach Mike White knows all too well Smith’s abilities and what he means to his team.

 

“He sees things before they are going to happen and has a really quick mind on the court,” White said.

 

The junior guard looks to carry over the momentum from the marks he made this year going into next year.

 

“There are always things I can get better at and I will keep trying to going into next year,” Smith said.

 

Louisiana Tech will lose some key guys next year due to graduation and will look to Smith to keep up his All-American performance into next year.

 

“There are some big losses going into next year, but I will try to bring this team together and see if we can make some noise next year,” Smith said.

 

Smith has high aspirations for his skill set next year.

 

“I want to get even quicker in the way I play the game and get the fans more involved like the end of this year,” Smith said.

 

Smith says that he would like to play with even more confidence next year and would like to take more chances with turnovers and assists.

 

That would be something to marvel at because Smith shattered the record for steals in a season with 90 and had 278 assists.

 

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