October 08, 2015

Alanna is standout Aussie freshman in U.S.

The Pick and Roll is a website about Aussies playing hoops the world over. Damian Arsensis, who writes about Aussies in U.S. college, has picked his top five NCAA freshmen women. His #1 pick is our own Alanna Smith:

Such is the talent of Alanna Smith, she arrives in Stanford as their first ever women’s international recruit, and she is unlikely to disappoint.

Smith boasts an impeccable pedigree with a father who played professionally in the Australian NBL and SEABL for well over a decade and an uncle who captained the senior national team. However Smith has been making a name for herself.

The dynamic forward excelled at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships where she earned selection to the All-Star 5 after leading her country to a bronze medal. Her performances on the world stage in 2015 followed an outstanding 2014 FIBA Oceania U18 Championships where she was also the tournament standout.

Quite simply, Smith is the complete package. She can rebound, defend, block shots, run the floor and score efficiently; a future Australian Opal in the making.

Expect Smith be the standout Aussie freshman in NCAA Division I hoops this season.

Here is the whole article: NCAA Women: The top 5 freshmen Aussies

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