Men's Basketball

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    Donte Smith
    Donte Smith

    Class:
    RS Senior

    Hometown:
    Pomona, Calif.

    High School:
    Diamond Ranch

    Last College:
    Mt. SAC

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 180

    Position:
    Guard

    Birthdate:
    04/23/1988

    BREAKDOWN: Donte Smith, 5-foot-11, 180-pound junior guard will be given a good look at one of the starting guard positions as the team heads into the season and will be looked upon to be one of the team's main outside threats. He is now one of the more experienced players on the team and provides an emotional spark.

    2009-10: Started the first eight games of the season before Mike Gerrity became eligible and averaged 7.4 points and 2.1 assists per game in that stretch. He finished the season appearing in 29 games and averaging 3.8 points. Was second on the team with 20 three-point baskets made and was second in free throw percentage at .750 (15-for-20). Scored a career-high 12 points in the season opener vs. UC Riverside on Nov. 17. Matched that with 12 points off the bench in the win vs. UCLA on Feb. 14. Smith scored in double figures four times, posting 10-point gamevs vs. LMU on Nov. 21 and vs. Nebraska on NOv. 29. Matched a career best with three 3-point baskets vs. Coppin State on Nov. 27 and finished with nine points. Matched a career high with five assists vs. Idaho State on Dec. 11. He played 32.3 minutes per game in the first eight contests (all starts) and 10.1 minutes per game in his final 21 appearances, all off the bench.

    2008-09: Played in 24 games for USC and made three starts. Saw his role diminish as the Trojans reached Pac-10 play. He appeared in all 12 of USC's non-conference games and averaged 3.4 points in 14.4 minutes per game. He played in 12 of USC's 18 Pac-10 games and averaged 1.2 points and played 5.0 minutes per game. Scored a season-high nine points vs. Seton Hall on Nov. 20. Recorded a season-best five assists vs. Missouri on Nov. 23. Was third on the team in three-pointers made with 12 and seventh in assists with 22. Made 80 percent of his free throws (8-for-10).

    2007-08: Served a redshirt season at Mt. San Antonio College so he could transfer to USC and play immediately. Earned 2 AA degrees while at Mt. San Antonio.

    2006-07: As a first-year player at Mt. SAC, he averaged 21.7 points per game with a single-game high of 37 points. He made 100 three-point shots and hit nearly 50 percent from three-point range. Was rated at the No. 1 junior college player by the Jerry Mullens Report. Scored 22 of a game-high 33 points in the second half to lead Mt. SAC to a come-from-behind 80-72 win at Cerritos College on Jan. 3, 2007. Was the second-leading scorer among California JUCO players. Participated in the Top 20 All-Star Game held in Fullerton, Calif. and scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists to help lead his team to a 135-127 victory. The game was tied with less than two minutes left when Smith was fouled and hit both free throws, then he had a long pass which resulted in a dunk to seal the victory. Also stood out at the 2007 Fullcourt Press JUCO/Unsigned Senior Showcase in Long Beach on July 28. In the first game, he scored 15 points and had nine assist to lead the Compton Magic to an easy win. In the second game, Smith nailed the winning shot, a baseline fallaway jumper, in a 83-82 victory. He finished with 24 points, six assists and five steals in the win.

    HIGH SCHOOL: Smith spent his senior season at Diamond Ranch High in Pomona, Calif. and averaged 18.4 points, 3.2 steals and 4.2 assists per game. He also hit 58.0 percent of his three-point attempts. Smith's coach at Diamond Ranch High was Ed Taylor.

    PERSONAL: Smith was born on April 23, 1988 in Pomona, Calif. His favorite NBA player is Chris Paul. His dream job outside of playing basketball would be to become a college basketball coach. Likes to lift weights in his spare time.