Junior guard Sir’Real Smith has found his groove and is playing his best basketball, and his timing couldn’t be better for Saginaw High, as the Trojans have the state tournament right around the corner.
But before Smith, and Saginaw High put their attention to the playoffs, they must first tackle one of their other goals, and that is the Saginaw Valley crown. “Personally I believe that our number #1 priority is to win the SVL Championship. It would be so awesome to bring an award back to The High and add to our trophy collection,” said Smith.
In order to take a closer step towards the Valley crown the Trojans must first travel to Mt. Pleasant to face 15-0 Mt. Pleasant on Friday. A team that beat them last on a buzzer beater.
Smith feels he and his team are more prepared to attack their goals than last year. Which says alot as Smith was the only sophomore on last year’s AP All-State team. “At 13-2 I feel our chemistry is better than last year. We are more mature, disciplined, and focussed on our goals. What you put in, is what you get out, and I feel that we have put in the hard work and discipline that is needed,” stated Smith.
The 6-0 guard’s dedication and leadership has been key to the Trojans 13-2 record, but what has really made the Trojans dangerous is Smith’s ability to fill it up in bunches. Smith first drew statewide attention with his jump shot and has established himself as arguably the best shooter in Michigan.
But that is old news!
Smith now has improved his game and is a dangerous scorer at all three levels. His midrange game has vastly improved, and he has the strength and ball skill to get to the basket and finish. The results have led to multiple 30 point game. Including four 30+ point games in his last six games, all wins for the Trojans. “I’ve just felt comfortable coming in. In warm-ups my shots are falling building my confidence. Before every game I pray so I can play to my fullest potential. In those games I’ve played real aggressive and on attack mode. Without my teammates and God, I would have not been able to lead my team to a win,” explained Smith.
Smith has proven to be more of scorer this season as well, he is also averaging close to 8 rebounds and 5 steals per contest. Smith credits Saginaw High coach Ju Taylor for taking his game to the next level. “Being under Coach Ju has taught me alot about my game and has transformed our team. He pushes us to go hard every practice, he’s taught us we have to go hard to get to where we want to be,” said Smith.
When asked to describe his game on the court Smith took the mental approach. “Three words that best describe my game are aggressive, disciplined, and humble. I am aggressive because I look to score every chance I get. I am disciplined because I make sure to follow my coaches’ orders for the game plan. Lastly, I have always been humble. I never brag about my accomplishments, or how I play. On the court I won’t say a word to my opponents. Alot of guys talk trash, but I just play,” says Smith.
Smith’s play so far has drawn some early college attention. He already holds a D1 offer from Cleveland State, and is being recruited by many other universities on the D1 and D2 level.
While it is almost certain that Smith will one day play college basketball. His sights are currently focused on adding his name to the list of great players and teams that have built the tradition at Saginaw High basketball. “One of my dreams is to win Mr. Basketball and a State Championship. I know I have to stay focused and continue to better my game,” added Smith.
Few Trojans past have put together a sophomore and junior campaign like the sharpshooter Smith has, and he is only getting started!