HIALEAH, FL – ASA College-Miami announced Monday that sophomore guard Marquez Smith will undergo leg surgery and miss the 2018-19 basketball season.
Smith, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida native and alum of perennial South Florida basketball powerhouse program Dillard High School, will undergo the surgery Wednesday at Memorial Hospital Hollywood.
The 5-foot-8 guard played in all 29 games for the Silver Storm this past season – starting 14 – while playing 28.9 minutes per contest. Smith averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and a team-leading 4.1 steals per game during his freshman season.
ASA Miami head men’s basketball coach Jean Dubuisson said that Smith’s absence has left a void in the team.
“It’s devasting because Marquez is one of those players that give you everything he has,” Dubuisson said.
“Losing the No. 3 guy in steals from the year before hurts. He was really beginning to understand what we needed from him offensively, so we miss that. But we’re really missing his defensive intensity, his competitiveness, and his leadership on and off the floor. But we’re confident in the surgeons and doctors and there’s still a possibility that he could be able to come back next season – we’re going to wait and see.”