South San Francisco, CA August 21, 2017 Re-broadcast from THE PACWEST
California Baptist’s Michael Smith Joins Merlins
The California Baptist University alumnus has signed with the Crailsheim Merlins, a professional team competing in the ProA, the second-highest basketball league in Germany. Smith will look to contribute to the team’s first season and comes off a stellar collegiate career.
Merlin head coach Tuomas Iisalo is optimistic Smith will be an impact player right away.
“The style of his college team has comparatively many elements from the European basketball, so he already knows it,” said Iisalo. “That will help him, I think, quickly adapt to our style of playing.”
This past year, Smith became CBU’s and the PacWest’s all-time leading scorer with 2,031 career points. He averaged the third-best scoring average in the country (24.9 ppg) in 2016-17 and carried over from last year, scored in double figures in 40-straight games, with 22 games of scoring 20 or more points.
Smith led CBU to its fourth-straight NCAA postseason appearance, scoring a staggering 39 points in his final collegiate game. He also set a new single-game record for CBU in the NCAA era after scoring 42 points against UC San Diego on Nov. 22, 2016.
Earlier this summer, Smith was invited to a Los Angeles Lakers pre-draft workout as the only NCAA Division II player to receive such an invite and the first in CBU program history.
The South San Francisco native is a two-time PacWest Player of the Year, West Region Player of the Year, PacWest Tournament MVP, two-time All-PacWest, two-time All-West Region, two-time All-West Region Tournament, two-time All-District and six-time All-American honoree. He was also named The Press-Enterprise Collegiate Athlete of the Year and the PacWest Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year this summer.
Crailsheim opens season on September 23 at Uni Baskets Paderborn.