Ardrey Kell has been a consistent program with talent each and every year. This year was much of the same and it seems that the future may be bright, especially with 2022 Evan Smith leading the charge.

This season, Smith was a critical piece for the team en route to a 22-7 overall record. Despite being one of the youngest players on the team, Smith has earned the trust of his teammates and coaches.

Averaging 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, Smith’s game really seemed to develop this past season.

“This year as a sophomore, I was still the youngest guy on the squad and I was the starting point guard, so even as the youngest, I had to be vocal and be a leader and I feel like I did a good job with that,” Smith told Phenom Hoops. “I’m ready to grow more into that leadership role in the upcoming season ahead of us.”

Smith’s confidence has to be soaring high, as he was provided the keys to the car for the team and his role took a huge jump; it is something that he loved. He was able to show that he can initiate the offense but also create for himself on the floor. Smith had some ups and downs during the season but it was all for the best and he had the support from his teammates, coaches, and fans.

Smith is also getting some early looks from some big programs as well. The rising junior mentioned schools like Tennessee and Memphis have shown some interest recently.

“Tennessee saw my highlight tape and reached out and said they liked it and I got invited to their elite camp,” Smith replied. “Memphis saw my highlight tape as well and said they watched a few of my games and said they liked what they saw. They were going to keep in touch with me.”

Playing this summer for Team United, Smith is going to be a must-see name for fans and coaches, as he really has embraced his leadership role and will only continue to grow in his game.