Student-Athlete Spotlight: Spencer Smith (Men's Basketball)

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Spencer Smith (Men's Basketball)

Sport

Basketball

Year

First

Stats

17.9 pts, 4.5 rebs, 40.4% on 3pt FGs
Leads the PCAC with 59 made three-pointers 

Hometown

Ogden, Utah

Major

Business Administration
(currently) 

Favorite CA Food

California Burrito
"We had it in Utah, but it’s not the same.”

Spencer's Story

When you ask Spencer Smith how he found his way from Ogden, Utah, to El Cajon, California, it starts to sound like a certain Kevin Bacon movie.

"Six Degrees of Spencer Smith" goes like this: Spencer has a cousin who recently got engaged. Her fiancé has a brother, who happens to be Eric Patten -- who happens to also be on the Cuyamaca men's basketball team. Eric called Spencer, Spencer called Coach Wojtkowski...and Spencer was a Coyote.

"It was so quick and sudden," says Spencer, who didn't get to town until  mid-August. "But it's been a good experience so far."

And getting better all the time. After averaging 13.4 points through his first nine games of the year, Spencer put up 21.2 over the next nine games. At San Diego Mesa, he led the Coyotes to their first conference win with a career-high 31 points, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc.

Some of his uptick in production has come from necessity. As the team has lost a couple players during the year, Spencer has shifted into full-time point guard duties.

"I have the ball in my hands a lot more," says Spencer. "Coach has been working with me to become a point guard."

"All my life, people have used the term 'one-dimensional' when they talk about me -- that all I can do is shoot. And that's sort of true. But I am also getting into the lane, finding other players. I'm working to expand my game."

With the squad made up almost entirely of first year players, Spencer has also stepped into a team captain role during the season.

"Jeron [the team's other captain] and I have been trying to help the team stay positive," he says. 

Spencer credits his two-year mission in Mesa, Arizona, with helping to prepare him.

"It helped me mature a lot, the chance to serve other people," he says. "I think that's transferred over to the team."

His favorite quote is from legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden: "Confidence comes from being prepared."

"That's been true to me both on and off the court," says Spencer. "It's the motto we have to stick by for the rest of the season if we want to make a playoff run."

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