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#2 Nolan Smith
Position: Guard
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Upper Marlboro, Md.
High School: Oak Hill Academy [Va.]
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Nolan Smith Bio
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Updated: 05/16/2011

Career Notes

  • Ranks tied for seventh at Duke with 143 career games played ... he has been a part of 121 wins in his four seasons to rank tied for sixth in ACC history and fifth at Duke
  • Averaged 13.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 143 career games, including 97 starts ... had 90 career double-figure scoring games with 38 games with 20 or more points and 30 or more points in four games
  • Had a career free throw percentage of .800 (411-514) to rank ninth on the Duke career percentage list
  • One of 60 players in school history to score 1,000 or more career points, ranking 17th on the all-time list with 1,911 points ... he is the only player in school history to score over 1,500 career points with less than 500 total points in his first two seasons combined
  • Part of a senior class that compiled a school record for home victories and home winning percentage with a 65-2 (.970) record in four seasons ... Duke has not lost a non-conference home game since 2000
  • Smith helped lead the Blue Devils to three consecutive 30-win seasons, only the sixth time it has been done in NCAA Division I history ... the 97 wins over three years is the third most all-time at Duke
  • One of the most likable personalities in college basketball
  • An explosive athlete that emerged as a potent scorer as well as a lockdown perimeter defender as a junior
  • Possesses a solid handle, a quick first step and the strength to finish at the rim
  • Owns one of the most polished mid-range games in college basketball ... has continued to work hard in the offseason to improve his outside shooting touch
  • Plays both guard positions ... has the confidence and skill set to be one of the elite guards in the country
  • Helped Duke to the 2010 NCAA Championship in Indianapolis, the same city his father, the late Derek Smith, won a title with Louisville in 1980
  • Active in Duke's award-winning Verizon Read with the Blue Devils, a community outreach reading program in the Durham school district ... community involvement also includes visits to the Duke Children's Hospital

2010-11

  • Associated Press first team All-American, NABC State Farm Coaches first team All-American, USBWA First Team All-American and CBSSports.com first team All-American
  • Named National Player of the Year by several websites, including Fox Sports, Yahoo! and NBC Sports
  • Finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy and Bob Cousy Award
  • Named the 12th ACC Player of the Year in school history after becoming the 11th Duke player to lead the league in scoring ... also ranked second in assists per game
  • Awarded ACC Tournament MVP after averaging 18.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in Duke's third straight conference championship run
  • Unanimous first team All-ACC selections and ACC All-Defensive team choice by the media and coaches.
  • NABC and USBWA All-District first team selections
  • Capital One Cup Performance of the Week on Feb. 15 and three-time ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 3, Feb. 13, Feb. 20)
  • A team captain, along with fellow senior Kyle Singler, in 2010-11 ... teammates gravitate towards him in the locker room because of his passion for the game ... able to remain energetic and loose in high-pressure situations
  • Scored 764 points in his senior season which ranks as the ninth highest single season total and is just the 19th time a Duke player has scored 700 or more ... he is one of 40 players to score at least 600 points and just the 11th to do it twice
  • Just the ninth player under Mike Krzyzewski to average over 20.0 points per game ... one of two players in the NCAA this season who averaged at least 20.0 points and 5.0 assists per game
  • Scored 20 or more points in an ACC-best 21 games, including four games with 30 or more ... he scored 20 or more points in one half five times on the year
  • Led the team with 5.1 assists per game and had two games with 10 assists ... he led the team in assists in 24 of the 37 games this year
  • Was the team leader in three-point plays with 18 on the season
  • His 20 points and 10 assists in the ACC Tournament Championship game against North Carolina (3/13) marked just the 11th time in school history a player has posted at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game ... has tallied six games with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists
  • Scored a career-high 34 points in a home win over No. 20 North Carolina (2/9), making a career-high 13 field goal attempts ... in three games against ranked North Carolina teams he averaged 28.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game
  • In seven games against ranked opponents he averaged 20.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game
  • Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Marquette (11/22) in the CBE Classic semifinals ... tallied five or more rebounds in 18 total games
  • Came up with a career-best six steals at Florida State (1/12), one of five times this season he swiped three or more
  • Duke played 12 games in the regular season against teams that were selected for the NCAA Tournament ... in those 12 games Smith averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game
  • Recorded his first career 30-point game against UAB (1/5), finishing with 33 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists
  • Scored 27 of his game-high 32 points in the second half at St. John's (1/30)
  • Had 25 or more points in 10 games and scored 18 or more points in all 16 ACC games

2009-10

  • Named to the NCAA All-Final Four team after averaging 16.0 points and 5.0 assists per game in wins over West Virginia and Butler
  • Earned NCAA Tournament South Region Most Outstanding Player accolades ... was also named to ACC and NIT Season Tip-Off all-tournament teams
  • Second team All-ACC selection ... ACC Player of the Week on Nov. 23
  • Claimed USBWA All-District III and NABC Second Team All-District 2 honors
  • Started 38 games after sitting out the first two games of the season, serving a suspension for playing in a non-sanctioned summer league game
  • Averaged 17.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game ... posted career highs in nearly every major statistical category
  • Registered a .441 field goal percentage (239-of-542), including .392 (60-of-153) from three-point range ... also shot 76.7 percent (122-of-159) from the free throw line
  • Led the Blue Devils in field goals made ... finished second in assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage ... third on the team in scoring, three-point field goals, free throws made, free throw percentage and minutes
  • Ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring (17.4 ppg.), eighth in field goal percentage (.441) and fifth in minutes (35.5 mpg.)
  • Led the team in scoring 13 times and in assists on 12 occasions
  • Scored 20 or more points in 16 contests ... scored in double figures in 36 overall games
  • Had 13 points, three rebounds and four assists while playing all 40 minutes in the NCAA Championship game win over Butler (4/5)
  • Recorded 19 points and six assists with no turnovers in the NCAA Final Four semifinal game against West Virginia (4/3) ... knocked down four three-point field goals in the contest
  • Led Duke with a career-high 29 points on 9-of-17 from the field, 4-of-6 from the three-point line and 7-of-8 from the foul line against No. 19 Baylor (3/28) in the NCAA Elite Eight
  • Made 9-of-18 field goal attempts for a team-high 20 points against California (3/21) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Matched a career-best with four steals to go with 15 points and six rebounds against Virginia in the first round of the ACC Tournament (3/12)
  • Finished with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists and no turnovers against North Carolina (3/6)
  • Notched 20 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals at Maryland (3/3)
  • Posted a career-high four steals to go with 18 points against Tulsa (2/25)
  • Made a career-high 8-of-11 from the free throw line and finished with 23 points against Virginia Tech (2/21)
  • Made a career-high five (5-of-10) three-point field goals and finished with 21 points at Miami (2/17)
  • Had 24 points in the first meeting against Boston College (1/13) to go with four assists and three steals while posting 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in the second game against the Eagles (2/6)
  • Scored 22 points against No. 21 Clemson (1/3) in the ACC opener on 7-of-11 shooting ... also had 22 points in the second meeting against No. 17 Clemson (1/23) to go with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals
  • Posted 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 2-of-2 from the three-point line and 4-of-5 from the foul line to go with four rebounds, three assists and three steals against Iowa State (1/6)
  • Recorded 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 4-of-5 from the three-point line and 3-of-4 from the foul line against Pennsylvania (12/31)
  • Tallied 19 points, three rebounds and seven assists against Long Beach State (12/29)
  • Made a career-high 10 field goals, including 3-of-3 from the three-point line for a team-high 24 points against Gonzaga (12/19)
  • Set a career high with seven assists to go with 20 points and three rebounds against Radford (11/21). Also made a career-best four three-point field goals (4-of-7) in the game
  • Tallied 24 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals against Charlotte (11/17) in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off

2008-09

  • Played in 34 games with 21 starts ... averaged 8.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game
  • Fourth on the team in double-figure scoring games with 17 ... led the team in scoring twice
  • Led the team in assists four times
  • Finished fourth on the team in scoring, assists and steals
  • Posted a .426 (98-of-230) field goal percentage, including a .346 (27-of-78) mark from three-point range
  • Knocked down 62-of-73 (.849) free throw attempts
  • Had 11 points and three assists against Texas (3/21) in the NCAA Tournament
  • Tallied 13 points, two rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal against Binghamton (3/19) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Had 10 points, three assists and two steals against Maryland (3/14) in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament
  • Suffered a mild concussion in the second half at Maryland (2/25) ... the mild concussion forced him to miss the next three contests
  • Had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals against No. 3 North Carolina (2/11)
  • Scored 15 points on 7-of-10 from the field and 1-of-2 from the three-point line to go with four rebounds, two assists and one steal against Virginia (2/1)
  • Knocked down two three-pointers in a 13-point effort against N.C. State (1/20)
  • Registered 12 points, four rebounds and two steals at Florida State (1/10)
  • Finished with 13 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals against Virginia Tech in the ACC opener (1/4)
  • Tallied 12 points and three assists against UNC Asheville (12/17)
  • Posted 12 points, four rebounds and two assists at Michigan (12/6)
  • Recorded 12 points, three rebounds and two assists at No. 9 Purdue (12/2)
  • Scored 14 points to go with three steals against Montana (11/23)
  • Tallied 16 points, five rebounds and four assists against Michigan (11/21)
  • Went 3-of-4 from three-point range and scored 13 points against Georgia Southern (11/11)
  • Recorded 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals in the season opener against Presbyterian (11/10)

2007-08

  • Played in all 34 games on the season, with one start ... averaged 5.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.7 minutes per game
  • Posted a .467 field goal percentage (70-of-150) ... also shot .386 from three-point range (22-of-57) and .769 from the foul line (40-of-52)
  • Scored in double figures six times, including a season-best 21 points at Wake Forest (2/17)
  • Led the team in scoring one time and in assists six times
  • Dished out four assists in each of his first four ACC games
  • Duke's first player off the bench 12 times
  • Tallied 13 points to go along with five rebounds, a career-high five assists and two steals against St. John's (2/23)
  • Scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 2-of-5 from the three-point line, and 3-of-4 from the foul line at Wake Forest (2/17)
  • Made a career-high three treys for nine points against Miami (2/2)
  • Scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line to go with six rebounds at Maryland (1/27)
  • Posted 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 1-of-2 from the three-point line to go along with four assists against No. 24 Clemson (1/19)
  • Pulled down a career-high seven rebounds to go along with four points and four assists at Florida State (1/16)
  • Tallied eight points, two rebounds and four assists in his first career ACC game against Virginia (1/13)
  • Earned his first collegiate start against Cornell (1/6) and scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, making his only three-point attempt
  • Scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 1-of-3 from three-point distance and 2-of-2 from the free throw line against Michigan (12/8) ... also posted five rebounds against the Wolverines
  • Recorded 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with four assists in his collegiate debut against N.C. Central (11/9)

High School

  • Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Oak Hill Academy
  • Played the nation's most challenging schedule at top-ranked Oak Hill
  • Had career highs of 52 points, 12 rebounds, 16 assists and eight steals
  • Averaged 22.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals per game as a senior ... shot .650 from the floor, .780 from the foul line and shot .330 from behind the arc
  • Led his team to a 40-1 record as a senior, tying the school's single season wins record and helping Oak Hill earn the top spot in the final USA Today 2007 Super 25 national rankings
  • Led Oak Hill to wins over nine state championship teams, two in-season tournament titles and an 18-game win streak to close the season
  • Named to the Les Schwab Invitational all-tournament team after leading Oak Hill to the championship
  • Had 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 99-90 win over current teammate Kyle Singler and South Medford in the championship game of the tournament
  • First team EA Sports and Parade All-America selection
  • Third team All-USA Today selection
  • Scored 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting to help lead the Black Team to a 140-117 win at the 2007 adidas Derby Festival Classic
  • Named a 2007 McDonald's All-America ... scored eight points for the East team in the McDonald's All-American game
  • Averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting .730 from the field, .450 from three-point distance and .860 from the foul line as a junior
  • Helped Oak Hill Academy to a 40-1 overall record and a final USA Today No. 2 national ranking in 2006
  • Named to the EA Sports All-America second team as a junior
  • All-Metro third team selection while playing at Riverdale (Md.) Baptist in 2005
  • Averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.0 steals, while shooting .632 from the field, .521 from 3-point and .890 from the foul line as a sophomore
  • Led Riverdale Baptist to a 33-1 record
  • Third team all-conference pick in 2004 while averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game for St. John's (Md.)
  • Also played varsity basketball as an eighth grader at Key School (Md.)
  • Ranked 39th overall and eighth among shooting guards by Rivals.com

USA Basketball

  • Participated with the Men's College Select Team in 2010 ... the Select Team trained with the U.S. Men's Senior National Team in Las Vegas and New York in preparation for the 2010 World Championship
  • Named to the 2006 U18 USA Junior National team ... averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game as the USA posted a 4-0 mark and captured the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas ... ranked tied for eighth in free throws made (15) and free throw percentage (.750) and 10th in assists (3.5 apg.)
  • Also played in 10th Annual 2007 Nike Hoops Summit ... had four points, four rebounds and two steals in the Junior National Select team's 100-80 win over the World Select team

Personal

  • Born Nolan Derek Smith on July 25, 1988, in Louisville, Ky.
  • Son of Monica and the late Derek Smith ... has a stepfather, Curtis Malone, and one older sister, Sydney Smith
  • Father, Derek, played basketball at Louisville and was a member of the 1980 NCAA Championship team that defeated UCLA ... his father also played nine years in the NBA and was an assistant coach in the NBA for two years
  • Named MVP of the 2005 adidas Camp all-star game
  • Grew up with and remains close friends with the Miami Heat's Michael Beasley
  • Played AAU basketball with the DC Assault, helping the team to the 16&U National Championship and the team title at the Las Vegas adidas Championship
  • Student government president in 2006-07
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Favorite athletes are Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali and the late Derek Smith
  • An African and African-American studies major
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