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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAM
His predecessor for the MWC's rookie award went No. 1 in last spring's NBA draft. That was Utah's Andrew Bogut, who first established his game at the elite Australia Institute for Sport and then played in the Olympics between a decent freshman year and a national award near-sweep a year later.
Smith spent his summer in Fort Collins adding much needed bulk, after playing at barely 215 pounds a year ago. The goal is playing at between 235 and 240 pounds. Unlike Bogut's elite international background, Smith played his high school ball in a small farming community school less than an hour east of the CSU campus. There had been some expectation he would red-shirt as a freshman with CSU lining up two other 7-footers, but it was readily apparent he had the best raw skills.
Smith is unusually agile for his size and owns a feathery soft shooting touch. His scoring average is likely to increase. He's not an inside banger, but led the team in blocked shots with 36.