1 Bakari Smith
1 - Bakari Smith
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md.
High School: Blake/Baltimore City CC
Position: G

2009-10: Competed in 17 games in his second season with the Retrievers… Averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game… Nov. 15: Played eight minutes in the opener and hit a pair of free throws vs. Morgan State… Dec. 8: After sitting out for three games, he garnered three rebounds in five minutes at Penn State… Dec. 12: Hit both field goal attempts (4 pts.) in 11 minutes vs. Rider… Dec. 22: Played a season-high 18 minutes at Virginia Tech… Jan. 14: Did not dress vs.Hartford due to illness… Feb. 21: Tied career best in field goals (2) and rebounds (3) and blocked his first career shot in 11 minutes of action at Binghamton… March 6: Played 14 minutes and corralled a career-high five rebounds in America East quarterfinal contest vs. Vermont… Added two points and two assists.  


2008-09: Competed in 13 games and started one during his first campaign with the Retrievers…

Nov. 15: Played 13 minutes in his debut vs. Stevenson and contributed six points and a pair of rebounds... Dec. 3: Did not play in five consecutive games, until seeing three minutes of action vs.Towson… Jan. 3:  Played six second half minutes in league opener vs. Stony Brook… Jan. 19:  Started in place of Jay Greene (concussion), his first collegiate starting assignment… Recorded a pair of assists, but did not score in 22 minutes of action…Feb. 10:  Played a career-high 24 minutes in the victory over UNH?and tied season highs in field goals (2), rebounds (2) and assists (2)… Feb. 14: Scored his final two points of the season with a pair of free throws at Hartford, but did compete in two additional games, Feb. 17 vs. Vermont and Feb. 19 at Rider.


Background: Signed in the early period of 2007-08… Attended Baltimore City Community College in 2006-07 and averaged 12 points, five assists and five rebounds per game for the Panthers…The team captain was named the school’s Athlete of the Year and was a member of BCCC’s Granville T. Woods Scholars program… Matriculated at Montgomery Community College in Takoma Park,Md. last year, but did not compete…Attended National Christian Academy before transferring toBlake High School and prepped at both IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and PhiladelphiaLutheran… Can play either guard position… A member of the Beltway League champions while at NCA and a member of a 20-4 team and regional finalist squad at Blake… Earned honorable mention all county honors at Blake from The Montgomery Gazette and was a county all-star selection… Blake’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year also lettered in football and was a second team all-county honoree… Named the Most Valuable Player for D.C./Md./Va. in the Youth Basketball of America national qualifying tournament… His Philadelphia Lutheran team won the North American Prep Stars Tournament in Canada and he averaged 15 points, five assists and two steals per game and was the team captain at IMG… Scored 41 points in a 2007 BCCC win over HowardCommunity College… Uncle Wayne Smith was a national-caliber power lifter and parents Delcine (Jamaican national volleyball team) and Rowan (semi-pro soccer) Smith have extensive athletic backgrounds… Chose UMBC over other Division I suitors “because Coach Monroe believed in my abilities… UMBC is a great academic institution and it’s close to home so my family and friends can watch me play”… Did not begin to compete in basketball until age 14… Considering a major in health administration and policy, with a minor in social work… Has two sisters, Donna (age 30) and Akia (18) and a brother Omari, who is 20… Bakari Ojore Smith was born on Sept. 4, 1985.


Year GP/GS FG/A Pct. 3-pt. FG/A Pct. FT/A Pct.  Reb. Avg. PF/FO A TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
 2008-09 13/1 4/16 .250 0/1 .000 4/6 .667 3-5-8 0.6 5/0 7 5 0 2 12 0.9
 2009-10 17/0 8/18 .444 0/0 .000 5/7 .714 6-15-21 1.2 7/0 5 10 1 2 21 1.2
 Totals 30/1 12/34 .353 0/1 .000 9/13 .692 9-20-29 1.012/0  12 15 1 4 33 1.1