Smith a world travelerPublished 12:20am Thursday, March 1, 2012
A local high school basketball player is preparing for the experience of a lifetime that will put his talents on display around the world.
Ellwood Christian Academy junior forward Michael Smith was selected to participate in the Sportek Events National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Exposure Event and International Basketball Showcase Tournament this summer.
The event will give Smith a chance to play in front of college coaches and play in the Bahamas, Brazil, Costa Rica and Switzerland.
Smith said he’s excited about the opportunity and see’s it as a chance to be a good ambassador for Selma.
“They have given me the opportunity to perform in front of college coaches, AAU coaches and people like that,” Smith said. “It’s just a great experience to me because many people never think that a person from Selma can do anything, but this a great way to help give Selma a better name than just the violence that goes on.”
Smith said he was thrilled when he received the invitation in the mail because it reinforced his belief in hard work and dedication.
“It was very special for me just to get this letter because I’ve worked hard all year …,” Smith said.
Ellwood head basketball coach Steven Hendrieth said Smith is worthy because of his willingness to learn.
“It’s a great honor for Michael, for Ellwood and the city of Selma,” Hendrieth said. “It’s a chance for him to improve. Michael, he’s come a long way. He’s improved a lot because he’s willing to learn, willing to listen. I saw a big improvement from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. He’s really looking forward to improving for next season as we step up to a more challenging league.”