Ty Smith, a two-sport standout at Zeeland East High School, recently signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball for Cornerstone University. Smith, a 6-4 forward, helped his team to an 18-4 record this past season. An All-Conference performer, Smith averaged 10 PPG and 8 RPG while leading the Chix to an OK Black championship as a senior. The two-year starter was voted the team's Best Defensive Player and was also named as the Chix Character Award winner for the 12-13 season. Smith, who served as captain of his team, had a season-high 21 points versus Grand Rapids Union on February 20.
Smith was also a key player on Zeeland East football team last fall. A two-way player, Smith played both tight end and defensive end while earning All-Conference honors as well. He helped his team capture the OK Black Conference championship and a #1 rating in Division 3. The Chix finished the season at 9-1.
Equally successful in the classroom, Smith maintained an impressive 3.7 GPA at ZE. He has been a National Honor Society member the last three years. Smith has also been very active outside of school - going on two mission's trips, teaching Sunday School and serving as a small group leader in his church. He has also been a volunteer at the Hope Bus, where he has served food to the needy.
Smith on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone because I liked the atmosphere and feel of Cornerstone and its coaches. I also felt God pulling me there."
Coach Elders on Ty: "Ty is a workhorse. Nobody plays the game harder than he does. He's a tough, physical player who loves to do all the dirty work. Ty is an outstanding defender and is relentless on the boards. Ty is a class individual and a great fit for our basketball program."
Smith will be majoring in Education at Cornerstone. He is the son of Steve and Cindy Smith.