Adam Smith transferred to Virginia Tech after a strong freshman season in 2011-2012 at UNC Wilmington with the hope that he could be a very good player in a major conference. Early on in the season, Smith looked like a player who could do exactly that as he started nine games on the season with most of those coming very early on. However, Smith would lose his starting job to Ben Emelogu and that would just be the beginning of Smith’s slide.
Adam Smith strained a calf against Radford in what was one of his best games of the season and that injury would cause him to miss three of his next five games. Smith would return to play in the first four games of 2014 but Smith picked up a left leg injury that would cause him to be shut down after that.
Now, Smith might not have to compete against Ben Emelogu but he will have to battle incoming freshmen Justin Bibbs, Ahmed Hill, and Jalen Hudson along with Will Johnston. Smith will have the advantage of having more starting experience at the collegiate level but Smith could have issues if his left leg is not 100%.
Smith also is 6-1 and that makes him undersized for a shooting guard though Russ Smith played shooting guard for Louisville at a very high level and he was right around 6 feet tall. However, Adam Smith is not as good as Russ Smith. Also, Smith shot under 39% from the field last season but there are some reasons why the Hokies’ redshirt junior guard can be a possible starter.
Smith shot almost 36% from beyond the arc this past fall and that is fairly decent with the upside to get better. Smith also has shown a willingness to attack the basket and if he does that more often, Smith could become a more efficient scorer. Also, Smith only gave up 1.4 turnovers per game in almost 26 minutes per game and that type of on-court poise could be very important. On top of that, Smith shot 81.8% from the free throw line last season and that is very valuable in late game situations.
Adam Smith will have a fight on his hands to gain a starting job but it definitely is possible.