Angelo Smith is the first Booker T. Washington High School graduate under head basketball coach Antonio Harris to sign an official Letter-of Intent to play college basketball.
Next season, Angelo will take his athletic talents to Dyersburg State Community College and perform for the Eagles. Of course, he will always be a BTW Warrior at heart; however, this is simply part of the process as he develops his craft.
Angelo made his decision final last Thursday (June 26th) during an event at the Emmanuel Episcopal Center near Booker T. Washington High. Harris, BTW’s first-year head coach and a BTW alumni, is hopeful that Angelo will become the first of many BTW student-athletes who go on to pursue a career as a student-athlete at the collegiate level under his tutelage.
“I am so proud for Angelo and what he has accomplished, especially considering all the hardships he has had to overcome just to be in this position,” said Harris.
“He’s been through a lot and to know that he is about to go off to college is more than icing on the cake – it’s a pure blessing! What’s most important is that our kids get an opportunity to go to college, learn, grow and see another side of what life has to offer them.”
Asked how he felt about his current situation, Angelo said, “I thank God for my life, my family and those who supported me through middle and high school. Now I’m ready to take my game to the next level and show what I can do. I thank Coach (Alan) Barnett (Dyersburg State Community College head coach) for the opportunity and I’m going to make everyone proud.”
Angelo completed his outstanding high school basketball career as a three-year letterman, with a host of team honors and accomplishments, including “Mr. Double-double” in points and rebounds as well as a TSSAA championship run to the state semi-finals his senior season as a BTW Warrior.
Angelo’s grandmother, Pauline Smith, was in attendance. She shared with those in attendance that she is a praying woman who always tried to instill in Angelo and the rest of her family to trust in God, be the best you can be and to treat people with respect.