20 Winston Smith
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A fifth-year senior who figures to battle for one of the two starting forward spots in Bruiser Flint’s line-up…tri-captain…was a key player off the bench a year ago, appearing in all 33 games…played some of the best basketball of his career over the last six games of the 1999-2000 campaign…averaged 3.7 points in 16.0 minutes of work off the pine over last six games a year ago…hit seven of 10 field goals over that stretch…good defensive player who is still developing his offensive game…has the versatility to play both the small forward and big guard positions …excellent rebounder and man-to-man defender…born June 11, 1977, in Orange, N.J.…son of Clemont and Blanch Thomas…Sociology major.
As a Junior in 1999-2000
One of six Minutemen to appear in all 33 games, averaging 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in 11.3 minutes of work off the bench…played 10 or more minutes 18 times, and averaged 16 minutes of action over UMass’ final six games…a 66.7 percent free throw shooter, he made his last 11 from the foul line…UMass was 3-1 when Smith contributed six or more points to the Minuteman effort…tallied eight points against George Washington in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals…also had eight points against Duquesne in the A-10’s first round…netted season-high nine points against Rhode Island, and also contributed five rebounds and two steals…grabbed a career-high seven rebounds to go with six points against Boston College in the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic…played season-high 26 minutes at Boston College, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds…had a season-high three assists against both Boston University and Villanova.
As a Redshirt Sophomore in 1998-99
Averaged 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in 22 games…also had 12 assists and eight steals…played a season-high 28 minutes at George Washington, totaling three points and four rebounds…recorded three points and a career-high four assists at Rhode Island…scored a season-high nine points against Niagara, hitting on three of four field goal attempts and pulling down four rebounds…scored seven points against Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament…had three points, two rebounds and a career-best three steals against Boston College.
As a Sophomore in 1997-98
Played in the first three games of the year, before sitting out remainder of the season with a torn ACL…received a medical redshirt…had one point, five rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes…played against Fresno State, Southwestern Louisiana and Purdue…had a career-high four assists against Southwestern Louisiana.
As a Freshman in 1996-97
Averaged 2.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game…only freshman to play in all 33 games and led all frosh in minutes played…started seven contests, including the first four games of the season…saw time at the small forward and big guard positions…recorded at least five rebounds in five contests…scored six points on three of three shooting from the floor, all in the second half, in UMass’ win at Rhode Island…had 10 points, seven rebounds and an assist vs. California in the Maui Invitational…tossed in a career-high tying 10 points and grabbed six rebounds at Wake Forest…scored six points on three of three shooting from the floor vs. Xavier.
Played for coach Kevin Boyle at St. Patrick’s High School…rated among the nation’s top 60 high school seniors by Reidel’s Roundball Review…scored over 1,650 points and grabbed 830 rebounds in his three seasons at St. Patrick’s…averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists per game during his senior year while leading his team to a 21-4 record…team captain as a senior and earned honorable mention All-America, second team All-State and first team All-County recognition…also named his school’s Student-Athlete of the Year in his senior year…averaged 13.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while leading his New Jersey team at the 1996 Boston Shootout…posted 17.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior…first team All-New Jersey selection as a junior…member of the National Honor Society.