After being heavily recruited by the likes of LSU, Memphis and UAB, Arrow Basketball standout Galin Smith announced his commitment to the University of Alabama in early October.
On Nov. 9, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound center put pen-to-paper to make it official, signing a letter of intent with the Crimson Tide.
“I’m really excited about playing for Alabama,” Smith said. “I feel like I can fit into their system. They seem very genuine to me, like a bigger Clinton.”
A four-year member of the Arrow Basketball team, Smith was named to the The Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen Team in 2016-2017 as well in 2015-2016. He was also named as Second-Team All-State his junior year.
“I’m excited for Galin and his future at the next level,” Head Boys Baksetball Coach Clay Norton said. “He has been a tremendous asset to our program, and above all else he’s just a great guy to be around.”
Smith’s work in the paint helped Clinton to a 17-13 season his junior year, leading the team in most individual statistics, averaging 21.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.1 blocks and 1.5 assists per game.
Smith will most likely find time on the court at forward for the Crimson Tide, adding depth to a roster losing post players after this season.
The Alabama Men’s Basketball team finished the 2015-2016 season with an 18-15 record, making it to the quarter finals in the SEC Basketball Tournament as well as earning an spot in the National Invitational Tournament under Coach Avery Johnson’s first year at the reigns.
Galin is the son of Clifton and Donashae Smith.