Over the weekend, senior Jackarus Smith signed to continue his education and his basketball career at Paris Junior College. The Dragons boast one of the top junior college programs in the state of Texas.
Smith paced Grand Blanc in both scoring and rebounding this year, while leading the Bobcats to a 19-4 record. Along the way, Smith won honors for All Conference, Flint Dream Team, and was honorable mention All State. Grand Blanc had numerous scoring threats this year, but in the biggest games especially, Smith stood out above the pack:
- Averaged 24 points in the Bobcats' two contests with rival and state quarterfinalist Carman-Ainsworth
- Scored 21 & 18 in a pair of matchups with conference foe and state semifinalist Novi
- Tallied 19 against three-time defending state champion, Beecher
- Averaged over 22 points per game in Grand Blanc's three District contests
Grand Blanc Coach Mike Thomas said, "Jackarus was a huge part of our team's success. With his versatility, he caused a matchup problem every single night which opened things for other players. Not only was he a great player, but he was also a great teammate and one of my most coachable players ever."
Thomas went on to say: "Jackarus is a very special player whose best basketball is still ahead of him. He is a natural born leader, and if he continues to work, great things will happen for him."