Player Of The Year

March 25, 2002

Tyler Smith

Douglass, senior

The basketball handle, "go-to guy," is a perfect fit for this senior who led the Ducks to their first state basketball title and a 28-0 season.

Tyler Smith, a 6-foot-2 guard who may attend one of two prep schools in West Nottingham or Hargrave Academy, led the metro area in scoring with 28.1 points per game with 27 double-digit games and averaged 5.0 assists and 4.9 steals for the Class 3A champions.

Shooting 59 percent from the field, Smith launches NBA distance three-pointers with 45 percent accuracy. Able to adjust his shot in the air or while driving to the basket, Smith orchestrated a potent offense that averaged 83 points a game. Smith and his teammates had more than their share of easy baskets because they consistently beat the opposition up and down the floor. "That's our game, quickness and rebounding to take it to the other end," said Smith, who frequently threw up the alley-oop pass to 6-8 Richard Dorsey.

Some of Smith's biggest moments included: 13 of his 20 points in the last period while in foul trouble of the Ducks' first of two wins at Dunbar, 87-72; a game-high 32 points, 8 assists and 4 steals in the 97-83 Baltimore City title win at Dunbar; a career-high 50 vs. Franklin; 29 points in the 81-71 3A North region final triumph over Randallstown; and 54 points, 8 assists and 6 steals in two state tournament victories - one by 105-74 over Chopticon and another by 76-72 over Gwynn Park.

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