Mount Notre Dame’s Smith Says Yes To Vanderbilt

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MND guard Gabby Smith

Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame junior guard Gabby Smith made an oral commitment Sunday to play at Vanderbilt. “It’s official – that’s where she is going,” MND basketball coach coach Dante Harlan said. Smith considered several schools, including offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville and Nebraska, according to Harlan. Smith averaged 12 points for the state champion Cougars.


Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame junior guard Gabby Smith made an oral commitment Sunday to play at Vanderbilt.

“It’s official – that’s where she is going,” MND basketball coach coach Dante Harlan said.

Smith considered several schools, including offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville and Nebraska, according to Harlan.

Smith, a Cincinnati Enquirer Division I honorable mention selection last season, averaged 12 points for the state champion Cougars.

Tom Jenkins, director of the Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report, said Smith is undoubtedly one of the state’s top 10 prospects in the 2009 class.

“She is a big guard who is athletic and can get to the basket with either hand,” Jenkins said. “Gabby shoots the three a lot better than most folks realize. She will flourish with a team that goes inside-out and that plays in transition.”

Smith, who is 5-11, helped MND to its third consecutive state title in March.

The shooting guard scored 14 points in the Cougars’ 69-67 win over West Chester Lakota West in the state final at Value City Arena in Columbus as MND (26-2) became the first Division I team to win three consecutive state titles.

Smith, who had 20 points in the Cougars’ 66-51 state semifinal win over Toledo Central Catholic, was also named a first-team all-Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division selection.

“She is tremendous in transition and is a good decision-maker with the ball,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said Smith’s return along with the return of senior-to-be forward Kendall Hackney, senior-to-be guard Ashley Fowler and sophomore-to-be guard Kathryn Reynolds should make the Cougars a formidable state power once again next winter.

“…MND is the odds-on favorite again,” Jenkins said.

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