NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Lumberjacks have won 9 of their last 11 games and have soared into second place in the Southland conference. A big part of that success is thanks to junior college transfer Taylor Smith stepping up on both ends of the court.
Smith says transforming his game from the junior college level was not easy.
"At the beginning it was pretty hard because coming from junior college to this level was crazy," said Smith. "Ju-co is more like just playing basketball, but here you have to pay attention to details and I just feel like I'm coming into my own now."
Known as a defensive stopper early on this season, Smith is now averaging close to 12 points a game over the last 10 games. That is something the forward says he has been working hard to improve.
"Coach told me to get aggressive on offense and they have been working with me all season," said Smith. "I think I am really coming into my offensive game."
Coach Kaspar says he is pleasantly surprised with the new weapon he has found.
"Smith has played some great basketball as of the last 6 to 8 games, to a point where he has to be a strong candidate for new comer of the year in our league," said Kaspar. "Without him we wouldn't be near where we are today."
Smith even had a challenge he wanted to pass along to Lumberjack fans about a nickname for the student section.
"You know how they say 'lob city' in LA? Well I want to call this place 'Jack city' at games," said Smith. "I want people to come to the games more and maybe have a little section called 'Jack city' and just get rowdy with it."
Taylor Smith is your Jack of the week.