Vandalia native Mike Smith is currently enjoying his seventh professional basketball season in Europe, which started in early October and runs through May 21.
The former Van-Far standout is already contributing to his new squad, the Basic-Fit Brussels franchise.
In one of his first games, he was selected as the “Man of the Game” after scoring 24 points with five rebounds. He shot 83% from the field.
“Goals for me are to be in the Top-10 in scoring and to help take this team deep into the playoffs,” Smith said.
Basic-Fit Brussels plays in the Euromillions basketball league in Belgium. It also battles for a shot at the Fiba Eurocup.
Smith’s teammates include notables KT Harrell (Auburn), Jeremy Simmons (College of Charleston), and Brandon Peterson (Arkansas St.).
Smith said he signed with Basic-Fit Brussels due to his past experience with some of the players.
“I️ had an opportunity to play here and I knew some of the guys from playing in Belgium the previous years so thought I️t would be a good fit,” he noted.
Earlier this year, Smith finished his tenure with the Port of Antwerp Giants, where that squad advanced to the semifinals before falling to Brussels. His team has a 22-12 regular season record.
During that season, Smith played the second most minutes per game for the squad.
He shot 57.4% from the field, 28.8% from 3-point territory, and made 106-125 free throws for an 84.8% shooting percentage.
Smith averaged 12.3 points per game (third on team), four rebounds, 2.1 assists per game (tied for second), and had 1.1 steals per game (third best on team).
This past March, Smith scored his 1,000th career point in less than two full seasons at the time with the Giants.
Early on in that season, Smith helped Port of Antwerp win the Super Cup. It was the team’s second Super Cup win in franchise history.