ECU Hoops Signs Former J.H. Rose Star

Greenville native and former J.H. Rose High School standout Raheem Smith has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to attend East Carolina University and play basketball for the Pirates beginning with the 2008-09 season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining once he enrolls next fall.

Smith in currently enrolled at Louisburg (N.C.) College where he is averaging 15 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season. The 6-foot-2 guard sat out last season to concentrate on academics after concluding his prep career at Rose High.

“Raheem is a kid we followed closely during his high school career and we’re very excited to add him our basketball program,” said Pirate head coach Mack McCarthy. “He has all the tools to be either guard position and make an immediate impact on our program.”

As a senior at Rose he averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds on his way to being named Pitt County Player-of-the-Year by The Daily Reflector. Smith was a three-time all-conference selection and graduated as the school’s all-time leader in assists and its second leading scorer.

He also participated in the 2006 North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star game.

Smith is the only student-athlete to sign with the Pirates during the fall signing period.


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  • by deadfish Location: NC on Feb 25, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    According to the article: "sat out last season to concentrate on academics". On that regard welcome to the #206 academically rated school in the nation. Mr. Smith you might have a chance to make it academically at #206>ECU... I guess UNC, NC ST and WF were out of his menu, UHM? Duke, too much and too hard to chew, OUCH...
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