Caroline Smith Commits to Colby
Caroline Smith became the final member of the Maine Firecrackers National A team to commit to college this week when she agreed to play for Colby College. Smith is a 5’9” guard who led Freeport High School to the Class B Regional Finals for the first time ever in 2019 while being named the Mike Direnzo Outstanding Player. The Durham native averaged 18.3 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in her junior season on her way to being named First Team Western Maine Conference. Smith has over 750 career points for the Falcons and will captain a team returning most of last years team now considered a favorite to capture a state title in 2020.
After being a standout for the Firecrackers National B team her Sophomore year, Smith moved up to the National A team her Junior year and didn’t disappoint. According to Head Coach Brian Clement, “Caroline Smith is a player I was hoping to bring into our program for many years. She comes from a terrific family and has many great qualities we look for – strong work ethic, humility, unselfishness, and commitment. On the court she is talented and versatile – she can shoot off the pass or dribble, and she is one of the better guards our program has seen at posting up. She is also a good defender and rebounder. Her teammates love her and she has been a dream to coach. Coach Whitmore and I loved coaching her.”
Colby plays in the NESCAC and is in rebuilding mode with first year dynamic and energetic Head Coach Chenel Harris-Smith at the helm. Smith has experience at Arkansas, Stony Brook, Binghamton, and most recently St. Francis , while developing a reputation as an outstanding recruiter. A native of Ontario, Harris-Smith played and earned her bachelors degree at Kent State and was Captain of the Trinidad and Tobago National Team in 2011. Katie McCrum graduated in 2019 and was the last Firecracker to play for Colby.
Firecracker class of 2020 National A team commits are Paige Cote – UNH, Maggie Whitmore and Brooke Obar – Bentley, Julz Colby – NY Institute of Tech, Kaleisha Towle – Williams, and Caroline Smith – Colby.