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Junior college forward signs with MSU

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MURRAY -- Anthony Smith, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, has signed to play basketball at Murray State, according to Racer head coach Matt McMahon.

Smith, who attended Potomac High School in Suitland, Maryland, will join the Racers as a junior for the 2017-18 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

In the 2016-17 season, Smith helped Barton County finish 25-8, as he earned All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference first team honors and was a selection to the NJCAA All-Region 6 team. Smith played in all 33 games and scored 12.7 points per game and hauled in a team-best 8.3 rebounds per contest. He was a 61 percent shooter from the floor and shot at a 70 percent clip from the charity stripe.

Some of Smith's best performances included a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Pratt and a 21-point, 13-rebound effort against the 2017 national champions Hutchinson.

He also had a big game against Coffeyville with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Smith played at Barton County for head coach Craig Fletchall.

He joins a Murray State frontcourt that already has Terrell Miller, Brion Sanchious and Jalen Dupree in the rotation, but McMahon and his staff made it clear following the season that rebounding help was a priority this offseason.

A two-star small forward recruit, Smith also had reported interest from Jacksonville State and Missouri-Kansas City before opting to sign with the Racers.

As a freshman at Barton, Smith averaged 9.3 points on 55 percent shooting from the floor.

The Racers have two scholarships remaining for the 2017-18 school year.

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