Nucleus Smith
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Nucleus Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pontiac, Michigan

High School:
Northern

Last College:
Maine Central Institute

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
02/04/1981

Experience:
3L


Scouting Report
• Is an athletic player who can play either guard position.
• Is looking for his healthiest season since his freshman campaign after missing significant time after nagging injuries the past two years.
• Is one of only two seniors on roster, and the lone three-year letterwinner for the Frogs.
• Is an excellent ballhandler and solid defensive player.
• Has the ability to penetrate the lane and finish himself or find an open teammate.
• Has a knack for creating contact and getting to the free-throw line.
• Is a valuable performer in either a starting role or coming off the bench.

TCU Career
2002-2003
• Saw action in 27 games despite being hampered by injuries all season.
• Was bothered by a nagging lower back injury, but was held out of only the season finale against South Florida.
• Averaged 5.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest.
• Placed third on the team in assists (58).
• Ranked among the conference's top 10 in free throw percentage, making 69 of his 84 shots from the charity stripe, good for 82.1 percent.
• Averaged 18.8 minutes of action per contest.
• Reached double figures in points on four occasions.
• Scored a season-high 14 points against Grambling State on Dec. 30.

2001-2002
• Played in just 14 games, starting one time.
• Averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
• Sprained his right ankle in the final exhibition game, forcing him to miss the first six games of the season.
• Scored six points in 15 minutes off the bench in his first game of the year vs. Texas Tech.
• Posted 12 points in a season-high 29 minutes vs. SMU.
• Scored a season-high 15 points, including 10 straight in the first half, at Marquette.
• Fractured his pinkie finger on left hand in Jan. 29 loss to UAB.
• Underwent surgery on Feb. 1, forcing him to miss the final eight regular season games.
• Returned to action in the Conference USA Tournament, scoring one point in 16 minutes vs. Louisville.

2000-2001
• Started 10 of the 30 contests in which he played.
• Averaged 6.9 points per game on 51.5 percent shooting from the floor.
• Pulled down 56 rebounds, an average of 1.9 per game.
• Also dished out 57 assists and picked up 33 steals.
• Averaged 13.1 points per contest and recorded 25 assists in the last 10 games of the year.
• Scored in double figures 10 times, including eight of the final 12 games.
• Recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against SMU on Mar. 3.
• Hit only three shots against the Mustangs, but converted all 10 free throws.
• Also posted a double-double against Nevada, when he dished out career highs with 10 assists and 19 points.

High School Career
• Attended Maine Central Institute, a prep school in Pittsfield, Maine, averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds over the season's final 12 games.
• Graduated from Pontiac Northern High School in 1999 after averaging 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game as a senior for Head Coach Robert Rogers.
• Led Pontiac Northern to the state semifinals in his last campaign, as the squad finished with an 18-8 record, including a 13-game winning streak.
• Helped Northern to a combined 54-18 record in his first three years, as the team won two league, district and regional championships.
• Earned second-team all-state honors, was selected to the Oakland County Dream Team and was a first-team All-Detroit selection by the Detroit News.
• Listed as the number six prospect in Michigan by Prep Spotlight as a senior and was regarded as the number two point guard.
• Averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a junior, earning all-league honors in the process.
• Was second-team all-state and second-team all-metro.
• Earned all-league mention as a sophomore.


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