BROADALBIN — Broadalbin-Perth junior girls’ basketball standout Makenzie Smith will be graduating high school one year early in order to join the women’s basketball program at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Smith made the move official Thursday by signing her National Letter of Intent to join the Division II program.
Smith took several extra courses over the summer to be able to graduate high school early.
“[USC-Aiken] made the offer and I really felt like it was something I didn’t want to miss out on,” Smith said in a press release.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith has been unable to visit the USC-Aiken campus in-person, but said she has taken several virtual tours and spent hours on the phone with the coaching staff.
Smith has been a starter for Broadalbin-Perth for the last three years. She joined the team as an eighth-grader and an All-Foothills Council honorable mention selection and her team’s rookie of the year. In each of the last two years, Smith has been a Foothills Council second-team all-star and Broadalbin-Perth’s most valuable player.
She averaged 12.1 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game as an eighth-grader, and has averaged a double-double as both a freshman and a sophomore. Should a basketball season take place this winter, Smith needs just 153 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
“Makenzie is a fierce competitor,” Broadalbin-Perth girls’ basketball coach Tucker Gifford said in the release. “She’s obviously very talented, but her competitive drive and will to win really separate her from the rest. I’ve coached her for three years and I am very proud of her development as a player and how she’s grown as a leader on the court. I’m excited to follow the next stage of her playing career.”