TRM Lady Tiger Smith signs with ASCC

Published 4:00 am Saturday, May 22, 2010

T.R. Miller Lady Tiger senior basketball standout Nakiya Smith signed a scholarship Friday with Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville.

Smith, a 5-7 guard for T.R. Miller, helped lead the Lady Tigers to a 26-3 record this past season and a berth in the AHSAA class 3A Final Four.

Smith, who recently was named T.R. Miller’s MVP at the spring sports banquet Monday, finished with 593 total points in the 2009-2010 season for a 20.4 average and had 55 assists, averaged eight rebounds a game while being named to the girls class 3A all state team.

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Last season, the Lady Tigers won the state championship.

“It feels good to be able to sign a college scholarship,” Smith said Friday. “I wanted to go to Alabama Southern because it is close to home and I did not want to go far away yet.”

Alabama Southern went 19-10 overall this past season and 13-1 in conference play under head coach Rosalind Jennings.

“Nakiya is just a really good shooter,” Jennings said of Smith. “She can shoot the ball real well and just plays hard. I love that kid. She just goes out and plays hard all the time. She is tenacious and she just plays hard and you like that about a kid. She can fill it up. I am excited about her coming to us.”

T.R. Miller Lady Tiger head coach Ron Jackson said he is sad to see Smith go.

“Well, I am going to miss her,” Jackson said. “We had some good years with Nakiya. She is a real good player and a real good leader. I think she is going to do well. It comes to this some times. After that senior year, they have to go on. I am just happy that she was able to get a scholarship. She is still pretty close around so maybe we will be able to see her some.”

Adam Robinson | The Brewton Standard T.R. Miller Lady Tiger baseketball player Nakiya Smith signed a scholarship Friday to play with Alabama Southern in Monroeville. With Smith, front left, was her mom Tomeka Smith, and ASCC head coach Rosalind Jennings, back left, and T.R. Miller girls basketball head coach Ron Jackson.

About Adam Robinson

My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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