Getting to play for Brad Stevens, widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the nation, was an experience that Smith appreciates.
“In my opinion, he’s the best coach in the country and I think what he does with the players that he has, we obviously don’t have the most talented players or the most athletic players but he always gets the most out of all of us,” Smith said. “We all want to work hard and play hard not only for him, but for everybody on the team. He’s pretty impressive. His ability to just get everyone in the right place on the court and his ability to just draw up a quick play and just go off of it is pretty impressive.”
The camaraderie and friendships with his Bulldogs teammates is something that Smith will miss most as his college days wind down.
“Over the past month we’ve been together pretty much the whole time with the A-10 tournament, the NCAA tournament, and all the traveling we’ve done,” he said. “You develop great relationships and great friendships and unfortunately it’s kind of time to move on a little bit but you’re able to keep those friendships alive.”
Smith will graduate with a degree in finance and has two internships under his belt, one in private equity and one in consulting, but he is looking to continue his basketball professionally.
“My plan is to play basketball somewhere,” he said. “Obviously we don’t really know quite where at this point. Then pretty much do that for as long as I’m able to, as long as my body holds up.”
The past four years have been nothing but fulfilling for Smith at Butler as both were mutually beneficial to each other.