Central, SC – Before joining the Men's Basketball team at Southern Wesleyan, Freshman Guard Lamont Smith was doing big things in his community.
After Hurricane Harvey hit last year in Houston, Smith saw the devastation and wanted to help. A former teammate of his had just moved there and he wanted to do what he could for his friend and the rest of city. Lamont went to his mother to get things moving and soon his Duluth High School teammates and the community began to jump on board. With everyone working together, donations began to pour in and they were able to send a couple of tractor trailers full of supplies to Texas. Lamont was able to fly out and help distribute items with his teammates. They were able to stay in Texas for two days and, within that time, they were able to help over 4,000 people.
Lamont says that "this was an awesome experience. It pulled my teammates closer together and it showed me no matter what chaos is going on in the world, people can pull together to help one another." Smith believes that God has put us on this Earth to help each other and says what you give out, will come back to you. Since he has been at SWU, he has continued to work on his Sole for Shoes project and is preparing to ship out shoes that he has collected to Ghana by the end of the year.
Smith has just entered his first season on the men's basketball team here at SWU. Some stats from the season so far include: averaging 6.5 points per game, 35.5 field goal percentage, 36.7 3-pointer percentage, shooting 64.3 percent from the free throw line, and 2.2 rebounds per game. Head Coach Nick Pasqua added that "Lamont brings a very special leadership skill set to SWU. As a freshman he has not been afraid to speak up and push his teammates. He has steadily improved as the season has gone forward and we expect a lot from him moving forward. We have challenged him to become even more vocal and an even better leader than he is. He has a ton of potential to be a leader both on and off the floor here at SWU."