Sunday, June 1, 2014


Media Release
Lakehead University Athletics Department
East Coast All-Star DJ Smith Joins Thunderwolves
2012-13 CIS Rookie of the Year transfers from UPEI
May 29, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
Men's basketball coach Scott Morrison has landed another important piece for the longevity of the Thunderwolves' program: Deontay 'DJ' Smith, of North Preston, Nova Scotia.

"DJ's decision to join our program makes for an important addition for the future of the team," says Morrison. "DJ has been successful at all levels he has played, in part, because of an excellent natural feel for the game and versatile skill set."

The 6'0" guard is set to arrive in Thunder Bay after having played 2 years for the UPEI Panthers of the AUS, where he made a name for himself not only in the conference but across the country.

Smith was named CIS Rookie of the Year in 2012-13, a season in which he scored 17 points per game, along with 7 rebounds and 4.4 assists and led his team to a 13-7 regular season record.

Smith has been a leader since his basketball beginnings in Nova Scotia, playing with Citadel High in Halifax (under coaches Mark Parker and Ian McRae), and leading team Nova Scotia to a silver medal at the Canada Games in 2009.

DJ is due to sit out the mandatory year as a red shirt for the 2014-15 season.

Morrison is confident it will be worth the wait. "We will have to be patient and wait for one year to see him on Friday nights, but with a season in our practice system to develop his individual skills and learn how he can best fit with our system - he will be a worthy candidate to replace our current all-star Dwayne Harvey after his final season."

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(photo credit UPEI)

Profile: Deontay 'DJ' Smith
Height: 6'0 
Position: Guard 
Hometown: North Preston, NS
Program: General Arts

High School: Citadel HS
Last team: UPEI Panthers


- CIS ROY in 2012-13.  (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.4 agp)
- AUS First Team All-Star 2012-13, 2013-14 
- Silver Medal for N.S. in the 2009 Canada Games
- 3 years eligibility remaining

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MEDIA:  For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Lakehead Sports Information Director, Hugh Mullally, at (807) 766-7157, or
Lakehead University’s Athletics Department features a comprehensive Campus Recreation program across both its Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario campuses. Working hard to promote a healthy and active campus lifestyle, Campus Recreation provides a great selection of outdoor and indoor intramurals with its C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (containing a 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves' Den fitness centre, 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas) and the 50,000 square foot ‘Hangar’ building (an athletic facility home to a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, as well as the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic) .

Hugh Mullally
Sports Information Director
Lakehead University Athletics
Office: 807 766 7157

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