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Federation University help keep Smith

The Ballarat Subaru Miners have re-signed 2013, 208cm developing centre Chris Smith.

Only a week after announcing the club has signed Native Australian Liam Gibcus, Smith signing on gives the Miners’ centre position a well needed boost of size.

The decision for Smith was made easier with his recent acceptance to study a Bachelor of Education with Federation University here in Ballarat.

“Working with Ballarat Specialist School in 2013, I found that I really enjoyed working with students and gave me the inspiration to pursue a career in teaching after basketball,” said Smith.

Smith had some injury setbacks early in the year, along with being the only pure Centre on the Miners roster. During the 2013 season Smith averaged 6.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with the Miners.

Coach David Flint believes Smith is over these injuries and is poised for a more successful year in 2014. “Smithy has been putting in the hard yards in the gym and weights room. I have seen considerable growth in a short period of time and he will continue to build towards the 2014 season and no doubt will be a key contributor” said Flint.

Smith has been working with local players such as Anthony Fisher, Sean Massey and Ash Constable already in preparation for the upcoming season.

The signing of Gibcus and now Smith means the club has two key Aussie big men to work with. Club President Nick Grylewicz said “it certainly makes looking for imports easier when we already have two genuine Centres locked in for 2014.”

“Scott Talpey, David Flint and Eric (Hayes) have been working with us to strengthen and upskill for next season. It has been extremely beneficial to have such well known mentors and coaches helping to improve my game” said Chris.

Smith will have more support in 2014 with big man Liam Gibcus already signed up. “I’m extremely excited to have Liam joining the Miners because it gives me another big body to work against at practise. His professionalism and dedication will push me to achieve greater things” commented Chris.

Chris will continue to work with the local core group during the holiday break with preseason for the Miners officially starting in January.

Miner’s fans don’t forget to keep up to date with all the news via www.ballaratbasketball.com, Facebook and Twitter.

The Miners expect to have a key import signing for the 2014 season next week.

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