NU guard captures Metro’s top honor
It’s official: Tyler Smith’s title as Metro Conference MVP has been extended for another year.
League coaches, who met last night, chose the junior guard and Kennedy’s senior guard Zach Graves as the league’s Co-MVPs. This is the second consecutive year Smith has been named league MVP.
Two other Nevada Union players, senior forward Brennan McFadden and junior guard Travis Edwards, were named to the all-league team.
“What’s scary about Tyler is that his best days are ahead of him,” Nevada Union coach Jeff Dellis said. “So far he has relied on his talent, but the stronger he gets and the more experience he gets – his upside is unlimited. He can take basketball where ever he wants to take it.”
Smith is currently averaging 16.5 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He also tallied 16 blocks, the second most in the Metro this season.
Graves, a 6-foot, 2-inch guard ended the league season second in scoring behind Yuba City’s Kevin Cordano. In addition to his 17.1 points per game, Graves was also good for 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
“I’m pretty excited, actually really excited,” Smith said after learning about the honor. “I had an idea that I could get it, but there are so many good players in our league like Zach and Cordano and Brennan that I wasn’t really sure.”
This past summer Graves and Smith played AAU basketball together for the Sacramento Classics. Smith was pleased to hear that he shared the award with his former teammate saying that they had even joked about maybe winning the MVP award together this season.
McFadden was an unanimous selection to the all-league team. The senior is averaging 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
“Brennan had grown so much in three years he has been a varsity basketball player – not just as a player, but as a person and a leader as well,” Dellis said. “I couldn’t be more proud of a kid and the hard work he has put in.”
Edwards, a catalyst on defense for the Miners, scored 5.1 points per game, but more importantly contributed 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
“It’s so nice to see the league coaches recognize typically underrated areas like defense, hustle and energy,” Dellis said. “Trav is all about effort and energy. It doesn’t matter either if their best player is 6-foot-5 or a smaller guard, we’ll give the assignment to Travis.”
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