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Greenville’s Smith commits to play basketball at WVU

Madisen Smith, a rising senior at Greenville High School and a Class AAAA all-state selection this past season, has committed to play college basketball at West Virginia University.

Smith, a 5-foot-5 point guard who averaged 17 points, 6.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals as a junior, also had offers from South Carolina, North Carolina State, Louisville, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Dayton.

“I went on a visit, and it was so nice,” Smith said. “The coaches were so cool. They really wanted me on the team, and that made it even better. It was the best fit for me.”

Smith traveled to Morgantown for her first official two weekends ago.

“There was no reason for me to go anywhere else,” she said.

“It couldn’t happen to a better person,” said Greenville coach Anthony Gowens. “She’s a gym rat, and she earned it.”

As a junior, Smith led the Red Raiders to a 24-4 record, the Region 1-AAAA title and the Upper State final. She was named region player of the year and was an All-Greenville County and Greenville News All-Upstate first-team selection.

“You’re getting a player that gives 100 percent on both ends of the floor,” Gowens said. “Most coaches I’ve talked to say the thing about Madisen is not only does she go hard on offense, but she plays just as hard on the defensive end of the court. That’s what a lot of schools love about her.”

“I’m looking forward to the competition and everything that comes with it, the practices, everything,” said Smith. “Most of the girls we play against in AAU, those are girls I’ll be playing against in college, so I’m kind of used to playing against tough competition.”

Gowens said he continues to be impressed with Smith’s attitude.

“You wouldn’t even know that she’s committed to a program that big,” he said. “She’s still down to earth. We went to the University of Georgia Team Camp this past weekend. She’s just one of the girls. She still works hard. She still leads the team.”

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