No stranger to the spotlight of the Midwest Basketball League, Marcus Smith has signed to join the Cedar Valley CourtKings for the 2018 season, his third MBL team of his career.
The 6’ 3” guard out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin brings a wealth of experience to court from both collegiate and professional play. After graduating from Milwaukee Bradley Tech High School in 2009, Smith played his first two seasons of eligibility at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas. In his freshman season, he averaged 7.5 points per game in fourteen games. His sophomore season looked bright as the team started with a 12-3 record and he averaged 11 points a game. Halfway through his sophomore season, he suffered an ACL/MCL tear, ending his junior college playing career. In 2012, he transferred to NAIA Division II Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, where he helped lead the Trojans to a school record 25 win season his junior year. In the NAIA postseason, he played a crucial sixth man role averaging 11.3 points per game in helping the Trojans reach the NAIA Division II Elite Eight. Smith finished his senior season at DSU averaging 12.5 points a game, and 15.7 points in conference play in the North Star Athletic Association. With his signing to the CourtKings, Smith will be reunited with his former DSU teammate guard Dylan Hale on the same court as they look to bring another MBL championship to the Cedar Valley.
Marcus began his professional career two years after college, signing in 2016 with the Indianapolis Blaze of the Central Basketball Association. He tallied 7 points per game, and a season high 21 in the Blaze’s upset of the defending CBA champion Fort Wayne Flite. Smith later joined the Indiana Fury that year in the inaugural season of the Midwest Basketball League, where he put up 18.3 points and 1.3 assists per game. In 2017 he was selected as the eighth pick in the second round of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional Draft by Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rico, however was released by the team prior to the start of the 2017 season. Marcus returned to the MBL, this time signing with the Central Indiana Crusaders, where he put up 21 points per game average in the team’s 3-9 season. Marcus currently works as a floor coach at Shoot 360, a basketball training facility located on the west side of Indianapolis.
CourtKings fan can catch Marcus and the rest of the team in action during the season opening game on Sunday, April 8, 2018 as they take on the Wisconsin Game Changers at 7:30pm at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex in Waterloo.