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    June 22, 2020

    Dakota Collegiate's Abby Smith Commits to UBC Okanagan for 2020-21 Season



    Manitoba's Abby Smith from Dakota Collegiate has been named as part of the University of British Columbia Okanagan's 2020-21 recruiting class.  The 6'2" forward Abby Smith from Winnipeg is the lone forward in this year's recruiting class, and will look to bolster the front line that has Kelsey Falk and Jaeli Ibbetson around for their sophomore campaigns. Smith comes to the Heat with plenty of club and provincial team experience under her belt, a member of Team Manitoba for four seasons before spending the past year with the Junior Bisons Basketball Club this past season. The forward will enter the nursing program at UBCO, and she talked about how great it was to be able to study to become a nurse while playing university sport was one of the main deciding factors in her recruitment.

    Smith on her commitment:

    "I chose UBCO because I had the option of direct entry into the nursing program, and for basketball, I felt like I fit in with the team and with the coaching style. I am so excited to be attending UBC Okanagan next year because I am beginning a fresh start in my life. It will help me grow as an individual and learn many new things and take on new challenges."

    Heat coach Bobby Mitchell on Abby Smith:

    "Abby is versatile forward who can bring the ball up, hit and outside shot, and post you up. She will have an impact at both ends as she is a shot blocker and secures rebounds. Watching her play for Team Manitoba I saw this right away, a blocked shot on one end followed by a score on the other. Abby really fits the style we want to play, and she comes in with loads of basketball experience."

    2019 TEAM MANITOBA PROFILE

    TEAM
    17U Female
    POSITION
    Forward
    FIRST NAME
    Abby
    LAST NAME
    Smith
    PRESENT AGE
    16
    CITY/TOWN
    Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE
    Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL
    10 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING
    Dakota Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL
    Dakota Collegiate
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME
    Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM
    Pascal Siakam - Toronto Raptors
    SUMMER GOALS
    To win gold at nationals
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS
    to play post-secondary basketball
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL
    Winning SCAC finals this year
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE
    Eric Sung
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
    Attend college or university
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER
    work in the medical field

    Source: http://goheat.ca/sports/wbkb/2019-20/releases/20200622v2bmyi

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