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Mackenzie Smith Finalizes Women’s Basketball’s Incoming Class

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PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball head coach Cindy Griffin has announced the signing of guard Mackenzie Smith (East Jordan, Nova Scotia) in time for the 2021-22 season. The #10 player in the Canadian Class of 2021, Smith recently wrapped up a post-grad year at King’s-Edgehill School Prep in Windsor, Nova Scotia, and was the 2019 Nova Scotia Junior (U-17) Female Basketball Player of the Year.
 
“Mackenzie joins our talented 2021 signing class as a strong, versatile perimeter player who can score in multiple ways,” said Griffin of the incoming 2020 BioSteel All-Canadian Game nominee and 2019 BioSteel All-Canadian selection. “Her experience with international competition, strong work ethic, and high basketball IQ will make her a key contributor to our team. We welcome Mackenzie and her family to our Hawk family!”
 
Smith was a member of Basketball Nova Scotia’s U-17 and U-15 Provincial Teams and was invited to the Great 48 Recruiting Showcase in April 2018. A 2019 Canada Basketball U-17 National Team Identified member, she was also scheduled to play on the 2020 Girls Under Armour Association (GUAA) circuit with Canada Elite.
 
She will join Griffin’s incoming class of forwards Talya Brugler (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area High School) and Laila Fair (Somerset, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) and guards Kaylie Griffin (Conshohocken, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) and Julia Nyström (Lund, Sweden/Swedish Youth National Team/IK Eos Lund).
 
Smith signed with KES Prep as a rising academic sophomore in July 2018 and enjoyed a 2018-19 rookie campaign in which she averaged a double-double with 15.9 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game in 17 contests before being sidelined by injury. She scored 21 points or more eight times on the year, which included a game-high 25 points vs. Chaminade and pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds (nine offensive, 10 defensive) vs. Hyde Academy, 18 rebounds vs. Holland College, and 14 defensive rebounds vs. J. Addison.
 
She was named co-MVP of the Aleigh Mills Tournament at Kents Hill and was named a Tournament All-Star at the NISSA Canadian Classic at St. Laurent.
 
As a senior captain in 2019-20, Smith returned from injury in December 2019 and went on to average 9.1 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, 1.1 steals per game, and 0.4 blocks per game in 19 contests. Season highlights included scoring a game-high 21 points vs. St. James at the Independent Prep Nationals and pulling down a season-high eight rebounds vs. Kings Christian.
 
Prior to her time at KES Prep, Smith played for Shelburne Regional High School (2016-18), where she led the varsity team as a freshman in points, rebounds, and blocks.
 

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