(IU EAST RELEASE)
RICHMOND, Ind. – Indiana University East senior Bishop Smith repeated as an All-American on the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball honor list announced March 19.
Smith earned second-team All-America recognition. He was one of 20 players to earn first- or second-team designation.
Smith put together a repeat All-America year despite offseason hand surgery that cost him much of his preparation for his senior season. Smith saved his best for his last 12 games – an 11-win, 281-point burst that pushed him to the top of the Red Wolf program career scoring and career victories lists. He finished his IU East career as the program leader in both career points (1,954) and career wins (111).
“Wow, what an honor to earn second-team All-American!” Smith said. “Although this is an individual award, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my teammates and coaches.
“Coming off of a major hand surgery, causing me to miss the entire preseason, and be cleared a week before the first game, I was unsure of what to expect for my last year of basketball. Through the ups and downs of the year, I stayed consistent and continued trying to be a leader for my teammates. I believe the scoring and wins records were just a result of our hard work. Very proud of not only my individual accomplishments, but the conference championship and growth my brothers made as well!”
Smith is the IU East men’s basketball program’s third two-time All-American. The Red Wolf men’s basketball program has produced seven All-Americans in all.
He also concluded his four years in Richmond as the IU East program leader in minutes played, total field goals made and 3-point field goals made.
“Bishop has grown a lot as a person throughout his career,” said IU East coach Mark Hester. “He’s gone from a scorer to an effective leader, and this is largely the reason for the success he’s enjoyed here. He came here because he wanted to win, and he’s leaving as OUR all-time winningest player, and it has been well-earned! Congrats to him, and best of luck on what comes next for him!”
IU East finished 23-10 this past season and qualified for the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship for the sixth consecutive season. The Red Wolves won the River States Conference Championship title in the team’s final game before the season was halted due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak.