2004 Spotlight: Joel Smith

MILFORD, Del. – Joel Smith came all the way across the country – from Lompoc, Calif., to Wolfeboro, N.H. – to play in events like the War on the Shore. To get better and to get exposure.

The 6-5 Brewster Academy SG/SF got off to a good start this weekend here at Milford High School.

Smith had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 91-83 loss to Milford (CT) Academy on Friday night. He shot 6-for-13 from the floor and 4-of-8 from behind the arc.

He added 12 points in Brewster's 90-85 loss Saturday to Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy.

"He's very athletic, and he'll be a two at the next level," Brewster coach Jason Smith said. "He can do everything: He's athletic, he's strong, and he defends."

Mail is apparently coming from the likes of Southern Cal, Wake Forest, Cal, Virginia and Boston College. But the re-classified junior says he's wide open. Darn right he is.

Smith didn't get much attention last year. His classroom woes – lack of attention, really, more than lack of ability – led to a junior-college-oriented recruitment. But he wanted more than that – and he's getting it so far in the New England prep ranks.

"It's going pretty well," he said. "The school's nice. I love the teachers. They make sure you get your work done. From a basketball standpoint, it's fine, too."

The 18-year-old has two years on his Brewster slate.

As for his college preferences?

"I like the West, but I'm getting more interested in the East Coast," he said. "But I'd love to go back."

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