Smith named Team West MVP at Reese’s College All-Star Game

NEW ORLEANS – Fifth year senior Mark Smith had a strong performance at NABC – Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game on Friday afternoon (April 1), as he earned team Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors in the 115 loss -103 of the Western All-Stars against the East All-Stars at Caesars Superdome as part of the Final Four weekend.

Smith recorded a near triple-double for the Western All-Stars, scoring 13 points on 6 of 12 goals, including 1 of 4 3-pointers, to go with highs in both rebounds (10) and assists ( 7) in 23 minutes of action. He was one of five West All-Stars to score in double figures, as New Orleans Derek St. Hilare led the team with 16 points.

The victorious East All-Stars were paced by UConn’s Tyrese Martinwho led all scorers with 22 points, while Buffalo jeenathan williams added 18 points. Richmond’s Grant Golden earned Team East MVP honors after posting 14 points, a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the win.

Smith was one of 21 seniors to take part in the annual game, which features the top NCAA Division I senior players and consists of two teams representing East and West.

The West All-Stars were coached by the current Missouri head coach Denis Gates and included BYU Alex Barcellofrom Kentucky Davion MintzWest Virginia Taz ShermanArkansas’ Stanley Umudestate of michigan Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham, Jr.from Vermont Ryan Davis and Belmont Nick Muszynski.

Smith was the first Wildcat to play in the All-Star Game since Barry Brown, Jr.in 2019.

Smith made the most of his extra season at K-State in 2021-22, as the fifth-year senior was named to the All-Big 12 Third Team as well as the All-Newcomer Team. He led the Wildcats in double-doubles (8), rebounds (8.4 rpg.) and defensive rebounds (6.7 drpg.), while he ranked second in points (12.7 points per game), 20-point games (5) and double-digit rebounds. scoring games (23). He became the shortest player to lead a power conference in rebounding, as he finished second in the Big 12 in double-doubles. Smith’s 260 total rebounds this season were the highest since Michael Beasley set the school record with 408 in 2007-08.

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