Smit CCAC Player of Year

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 3, 2015)—This weekend the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) announced the honorees of the All-CCAC Teams, as well as, the CCAC Player of the Year Award. Cardinal Stritch University men’s basketball senior guard Tony Smit (Fond du Lac, Wis.) was named the CCAC Player of the Year.

Smit had an outstanding 2014-15 regular season. He has currently scored 602 total points on the year. He sits atop the team and stands second in the CCAC with 20.1 points per game. Smit is ranked first in the CCAC with 194 total assists, which also places him fifth in the nation in that category.  He also heads the Wolves with 45 steals.

Not only has he tallied some impressive stats this season, he has also surpassed impressive career milestones, as well as, broken multiple records. Beginning on January 31st Smit scored his 1,500th career point in the game against Saint Xavier University. Ten days later, on February 11th, he surpassed another career milestone by recording his 500th career assist against Roosevelt University. Finally, on February 14th, Smit broke the 500th career rebound mark in the Wolves final home game against Trinity Christian College. He is the first player in Cardinal Stritch University men’s basketball history and also Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) history to achieve the “Trifecta” of 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single career.

“This is another great honor for Tony,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Drew Diener. “He put in so much time in the off-season, especially with Coach Milner, improving his game and becoming an elite shooter. Each season that Tony has been here, he has given the team different things. This year his ability to create plays and score was needed for our team and defensively he competes on every possession. All the coaches in the league realize that. Our guys are extremely unselfish and supportive of each other, which Tony has benefitted from.”

Along with being named CCAC Player of the Year, Smit also received CCAC All-Conference First Team honors.