Basketball signs versatile athlete Damarius Smith
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Basketball signs versatile athlete Damarius Smith
Lipscomb University head coach Scott Sanderson announced the signing of forward Damarius Smith from Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tenn.

“Demarius is an extremely versatile athlete and with the potential to become a great defensive stopper for us,” Sanderson said. “Similarly to how Brandon Brown can guard any position on the floor, Damarius is able to guard multiple positions because of his size and length.”

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Smith averaged 20 points, six rebounds and eight assists as a senior at Kenwood leading the team to an 18-9 record, the best record in school history.  He also led the team in steals, blocks and minutes played.

“He is a very good listener with a high basketball IQ,” Sanderson said.  “He wants to be successful and his attention to detail makes him easy to coach”

Smith naturally plays the two-guard through four positions, but also ran the point in high school.  He is expected to contribute to the Bisons league-leading offense with his ability slash to the basket and good court vision.

“Offensively he is a good passer and can drive to the hole,” Sanderson said.  “He’s simply an athlete.”

Smith was also recruited by Austin Peay, Murray State, Tennessee Tech, and Morehead State.