Division 1

Trailblazers make statement of intent by signing Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith signs for Derby Trailblazers

Derby Trailblazers are delighted to have captured the signature of former NBL division one Most Valuable Player, Malcolm Smith.

Twenty-five year old Smith is one of the most impressive overseas players to have competed in NBL D1 in recent times.

The graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee scooped the D1 MVP and the National Cup MVP awards in his first season in the UK, whilst helping Team Northumbria to win the league title.

The 6’6” American has spent the last two seasons in the north east, averaging nearly twenty points and almost seven rebounds per game and is excited to joining Derby for the upcoming season:

“The Trailblazers remind me a lot of the culture we had at Northumbria, where a family atmosphere and hard work are always present. I can’t wait to put that same ethos to work in Derby as we work to give the community a team they will be proud of!!

“I owe a lot to Coach Stuetel at Northumbria for getting me to this point in my career. I also want to thank my teammates at Northumbria, because I feel like I’ve made brothers for life there.

“I’m aware this is the first time Derby have had American imports on the team for a few seasons, so I’m greatly appreciative of the opportunity the club has given me and I intend to take full advantage of it,” he said.

At Lipscomb, Smith joined a small and elite group of players who went on to score over a thousand points. His haul of 1,360 points places him 24thon the list of all time highest scorers.

He averaged 11.6 points and 4.8 assists per game during his time at Lipscomb and Trailblazers Head Coach Matt Shaw says securing his signature is a real coup for the club:

“We’re delighted to have signed a player of Malcolm’s quality. He’s shown in his two seasons in NBL D1 what he’s capable of and he’s already made quite a name for himself.

“We think he’ll really fit into our team and our club very well. He’s certainly going to help us in many different ways, scoring, rebounding and defending. I also expect him to be a great leader on and off the floor, so I think he’ll be a real asset to the club,” he said.

Smith will be one of two American players who will be suiting up for the Trailblazers in the 2018/19 season, the second of which is yet to be announced, but it’s fair to say the pair will complement and contrast one another.

The new season gets underway on Saturday 22ndSeptember, when Derby welcome newly promoted Nottingham Hoodsto Noel-Baker Academy in the Pool Stage of the NBL Men’s Trophy.

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