Following a great NBA decision day on Wednesday, Gonzaga picks up Chattanooga transfer G Malachi Smith on Thursday night. Smith is the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year.
Smith confirmed his commitment on Twitter.
“I want to thank UTC and my coaching staff for everything they have done for me! I will always be grateful! With that said I will be committing to Gonzaga! Blessed to be a Zag! Thank you God,” Smith wrote.
I want to thank UTC and my coaching staff for everything they have done for me! I will always be grateful! With that said I will be committing to Gonzaga !blessed to be a Zag! Thank you GOD 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/WS6KpHqoEc
— Malachi Knight-Smith ™ (@maliworld11) June 2, 2022
Smith removed his name from the NBA draft on Wednesday.
The Belleville, IL, native played two seasons at Chattanooga, helping the Mocs reach the NCAA Tournament back in March. Smith averaged 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals during his junior season. Smith shot 49 percent from the field, 41 percent from three and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
Smith has two years of eligibility left.
With the addition of Smith, Mark Few and Gonzaga have positioned themselves to be a national contender once again. The Bulldogs returned Drew Timme, Julian Strawther and Rasir Bolton this week as well.
TPR’S PROJECTED LINEUP FOR GONZAGA:
MALACHI SMITH, G
RASIR BOLTON, G
JULIAN STRAWTHER, G
ANTON WATSON, F
DREW TIMME, C
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