Luke Smith of Sewanee, the SAA Tournament MVP, named U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week

Luke Smith of Sewanee, the SAA Tournament MVP, named U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Player of the Week

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 26, 2019) – Sewanee men's basketball sophomore student-athlete Luke Smith has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending February 24.

Smith, a 6-0 guard from Knoxville, Tenn., led Sewanee (22-6, 8-6) to the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament Championship and automatic NCAA Division III Tournament bid with victories on three consecutive days.

Smith scored 27 points and added three rebounds, four assists, three steals, and a block in the Tigers' 82-64 victory over Hendrix on Friday.

On Saturday, he played all 40 minutes and scored a career-high 40 points in his team's 70-63 win over Berry. Smith also totaled eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in the contest.

Then, in the championship game against No. 1 seed Centre, he recorded 23 points, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals as the Tigers posted a 62-59 victory.

For the week, Smith averaged 30.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.0 spg, and 0.3 bpg. He shot 66.7 percent (28-of-42) from the field, 75.0 percent (18-of-24) from three-point range and 88.9 percent (16-of-18) from the foul line.

For his efforts, Smith was named the SAA Tournament Most Valuable Player as the Tigers return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

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