Bama Hoops Hype

2017-18 Season Preview: Galin Smith

Twitter: @GalinSmith30

Galin Smith comes to Tuscaloosa with a lot of potential but the hype of the upcoming season has not seemed to reach the freshman big man. The Mississippi native was ranked as a top-25 center in the class of 2017 by 247 Sports but his 3-star rating does not contend with the likes of the rest of the Tide’s recruiting class. However, there is still plenty to get excited about because of Galin Smith.

“All of our players are 5-stars, by the way, in my mind.” – Avery Johnson on signing day

Smith’s biggest job this year may be to fill in the role that Jimmie Taylor graduated from. The freshman is a 6’9″ center that takes pride in his play on the defensive end. Smith blocked three shots in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in March. He added six points and eight rebounds, helping lead the Mississippi team to a victory.

Smith says he wants to continue working on his offensive game, specifically adding a jump shot. He rarely had problems scoring from the post in high school. During his junior season, Smith averaged 21.7 points to go along with 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game. The breakout year helped Smith earn first team all-state honors.

Smith will have to be consistent on both ends to earn playing time. He will spend most of the season competing against Donta Hall, Daniel Giddens and Alex Reese to find minutes. Expect Smith to be a bench player early in the season but his development will be crucial, not just for this season, but for the rest of his collegiate career.

Caleb Turrentine is the editor for Bama Hoops Hype. You can follow him on Twitter for in-game updates at @CalebTurrentine.


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