Mocs Malachi Smith Reaching Steph Curry Heights With Another SoCon Honor
(soconsports.com) SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Chattanooga sophomore Malachi Smith has been named the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week presented by GEICO for all contests from Jan. 17-23 after averaging 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in a pair of league road wins. The award is selected by the league office.
Smith opened his week with a game-high 22 points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot to lead the Mocs to a 72-64 win over UNCG on Thursday. The win was Chattanooga’s first in Greensboro, North Carolina, since the 2016 season.
Two days later at VMI, Smith scored a game-high 25 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 42 seconds left, in a 78-74 win. The guard from Belleville, Illinois, added five rebounds, two assists and a career-high six steals as Chattanooga topped a Keydet squad that had been 17-2 at home over the last two seasons.
Smith has scored at least 20 points in a game a league-best 14 times this season, including in six straight contests, tying the program’s record in the Division I era. He has also now scored 20-plus in 12 consecutive road games.
The player of the week award is Smith’s fourth of the season (Nov. 22, Dec. 20 and Jan. 10). His four awards are the most for a SoCon player in a single season since Davidson’s Stephen Curry claimed the award eight times in 2008-09.
League-leading Chattanooga (16-4, 6-1 SoCon), in the midst of a stretch of five out of six games on the road, hosts Wofford (12-8, 4-4) for its lone home contest in that span on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mocs are then on the road for three straight, starting at The Citadel (8-10, 2-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Other nominees: Hayden Brown (The Citadel), Mike Bothwell (Furman), Felipe Haase (Mercer), Keyshaun Langley (UNCG), Logan Dye (Samford), Kamdyn Curfman (VMI), Vonterius Woolbright (Western Carolina) and B.J. Mack (Wofford).
2021-22 SoCon Men’s Basketball Players of the Week presented by GEICO
Nov. 15 Mike Bothwell, Sr., G, Furman
Nov. 22 Malachi Smith, So., G, Chattanooga
Nov. 29 Max Klesmit, So., G, Wofford
Dec. 6 Jalen Slawson, Sr., F, Furman
Dec. 13 Jake Stephens, Sr., C, VMI
Dec. 20 Malachi Smith, So., G, Chattanooga
Dec. 27 Ques Glover, So., G, Samford
Jan. 3 Jake Stephens, Sr., C, VMI
Jan. 10 Malachi Smith, So., G, Chattanooga
Jan. 17 Jake Stephens, Sr., C, VMI
Jan. 24 Malachi Smith, So., G, Chattanooga