Wayne Smith going up for one of his many points as a Duke. (courtesy of Duquesne University Athletics)
In our third spot on our Top Five NC-Double-Eh Player of the Decade we have Wayne Smith. Check out his rather extensive resume and credentials right here ...
Wayne Smith, Forward – Duquesne (1999-2002)
Career stats – 31.0 mpg, 16.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg, 40.0 FG%, 75.1 FT%, 35.3 3PT FG%, 112 games
Wayne Smith will probably be forgotten as soon as this is published, if you even know who he was. Smith was a great do everything player on some not so great Duquesne teams at the turn of the century (and yes going into 2000 counts as the century turning) in the always tough Atlantic 10 Conference. He had everything you wanted in a wing player: size at 6’7”, athletic ability, good perimeter skills, excellent shooting range and he was a good defender. Unfortunately all of that can’t always get you through constant double and even triple teams. Smith was the only offense on teams with little to no secondary options but he still had a very good career as a Duke.
Smith, a Toronto native who played at the now closed Bathurst Heights Secondary (which was also home to both Denham Brown and the legendary Phil Dixon), began his Duquesne career in the 1998-1999 season and made an immediate impact. He went on to lead the Dukes in scoring and rebounding averaging 16.6 and 6.2 respectively while also contributing 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals. The following year he made the Atlantic 10 All Conference 2nd Team posting 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, leading the team in both categories, as well as 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per.
Smith’s last two seasons were just as productive as his first two. Even though his numbers “fell off” (if you can even say that) due to some nagging injuries throughout the season he still put up very good stats: 15.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals. He also shot 42% from the floor, 80.3% from the line and 36.2% from the arc on a much more productive team under a new coach. In his senior season, he was named all conference this time to the A-10 3rd Team averaging 16.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals while shooting 43.8% from the field, 37.5% from the line and 78.7% from the stripe. Since leaving Duquesne, Smith has played professionally in Europe and in South America.
Post Season Honors
All Atlantic 10 Conference Third Team (2002)
All Atlantic 10 Conference Second Team (2000)
4th All time scoring (1820)
7th All time FGM career (589)
4th FGA career (1472)
8th Total rebounds career (690)
5th Career steals (173)
6th All time blocks career (59)
5th All time games played (112)
3rd All time threes made/attempts (179/ 506)
2nd FT made career (463)
4th FT attempts career (616)