Vandalia native Mike Smith is currently in his fifth professional basketball season playing in Europe and has set some high goals for his new team, the Port of Antwerp Giants in Belgium.
Smith, who is the oldest player on the team as well as the team’s captain, has helped the Giants start the Fiba Europe Cup with a 5-0 record.
Port of Antwerp advanced to the round of 32 after beating teams in Hungary, Portugal, and Crotia. Smith’s team is also 2-0 in the Belgium Cup.
“The team is doing well,” Smith said. “We had a very young team and started out slow but things are getting turned around now…The goal for me is to win a Belgium Championship. Getting to the championship last year was fun but to not take home the trophy hurt. I would also like to make it to the Final 8 of the Fiba Europe Cup.”
Before Thanksgiving, Smith scored a game-high 22 points to help the Giants to a 82-69 win over KK Cibona.
He is the team leader with 1.0 blocks per game and leads the team in minutes per game by more than one minute. Smith is third on the team in averaging 12.6 points per game and third in assists (3.4 a.p.g.).
Smith’s season will end in May with the playoffs to follow soon afterwards. The East Tennessee State University’s graduate has teammates that include former Notre Dame standout Carlton Scott, Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe, and St. Mary’s Brad Waldow, to name a few.