Donte Smith
Donte Smith
Player Profile
Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Washington, DC

High School:
Anacostia

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
09/09/1978

Experience:
1V

Smith is a combo guard who can play at either the point or off-guard spots played at his best toward the end of this freshman season last year, and coaches hope he picks up right where he left off one of Cal's top outside scoring threats also drives well to the basket a natural floor leader who has the knack for making the players around him better ... earned Washington, D.C., Player of the Year honors after his senior season at Anacostia HS.

As a Redshirt-Freshman in 1999-00: Smith started 14 of Cal's 33 games as a freshman scored a season-high 19 points (6-7 FG, 5-6 3P, 2-4 FT) against Oregon State Feb. 10 ... also had 15 points at Washington State Feb. 26 ... earned the first of four consecutive starts at Washington Feb. 24 and helped clinch the game by going 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 50 seconds ... averaged 9.6 ppg in the seven games from Feb. 10 through March 4, more than three points higher than his season average ... shot 81.0 percent from the free throw line, the third-best rate ever by a Cal freshman ... reached double figures in his first two games with 13 points vs. TCU and 11 more against Houston ... started each of Cal's first six contests at point guard ... after scoring just three points against San Jose State in his first game as a reserve, came back with 16 points in a win over UC Irvine Dec. 18 ... also had 17 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3P, 6-7 FT) against Davidson Jan. 2.

As a Freshman in 1998-99: Smith enrolled in classes at Cal for the spring 1999 semester, but elected to redshirt to preserve four full seasons of eligibility missed most of the practice sessions due to a stress fracture in his lower back, but returned in full health for '99-00.

High School: Smith averaged 28.3 ppg, 6.2 apg and 5.7 rpg as a senior, leading his team to a 24-5 record and the Interscholastic Athletic Association title ... had a high of 44 points, making 11 three-pointers, in one game ... rated the No. 52 overall recruit by Bob Gibbons' All-Star Sports and ranked as the No. 21 point guard by The Sporting News ... also listed as one of the Top 50 players in the country by the McDonald's All-America committee and participated in the prestigious Capital Classic All-Star Game ... graduated as Anacostia's all-time leading scorer ... in addition to his Washington, D.C., Player of the Year honor in '98, was a second team All-Metro Washington choice as a junior ... member of his high school's Honors Society.

Personal: Donte William Smith ... born Sept. 9, 1978 in Washington, DC ... parents are William Ellington and Brenda Smith ... selected Cal after considering such schools as Clemson, USC, Boston College and Georgetown ... the third player in recent years to come to Cal from the Washington area, joining guard Anwar McQueen (1994-97) and forward Mike Gill (1998-99) ... voted honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic in 2000 undeclared major.

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