Junior college standout Cameron Smith signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Roadrunners next season.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The CSU Bakersfield men’s basketball program has shifted its focus toward the future and continues to strive for shaping next year’s squad. On the day the NCAA re-opened the signing process, Head Coach Rod Barnes wasted no time in inking Cameron Smith to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Roadrunners.
A junior college transfer coming to CSUB by way of Pearl River Community College, Smith was an integral part of the Mississippi-based team’s run to dominant success. The 6-foot-7 forward helped the Wildcats to back-to-back Region XXIII titles and a 54-5 record in his two seasons. After posting the only undefeated record in the country, Smith’s 28-0 squad earned the No. 1 seed at the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship before its cancelation.
“We are extremely excited about adding Cameron to our squad,” said CSUB Head Coach Rod Barnes. “He will impact our program both on and off the court. We were looking for a versatile player who could be effective on both ends of the court. Cameron can play inside and outside, which will allow us to use him with different lineups.”
After serving as a role player on a stacked squad his freshman season, Smith leaped into a starting role in 2019-20. He played every minute in PRCC’s victory in the Region XXIII Final, helping his team to the title with nine points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.
On the season, Smith was second on the team in rebounding (6.7 per game) behind only 6-foot-10 Isaih Moore. Smith also added 7.9 points, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks per contest this year as PRCC surged to an undefeated record.
Barnes went on to describe Smith’s accomplishments and the strong recommendations he received: “Whenever I talked to Cameron’s coaches and opposing coaches, the words were the same: ‘He makes everyone around him better and he is a winner.’ He won in high school and then again in junior college, where he was coached by my former player, Coach Chris Oney.”
A native of Okolona, Miss., Smith put together a standout prep career for Okolona High School before playing for PRCC. As a senior, Smith led the Chieftains to a Mississippi State Championship while posting a 31-2 record along the way.
Smith is expected to be an integral part of CSUB’s squad for his final two collegiate seasons. The `Runners will continue to prepare for the 2020-21 season, the team’s first as a member of the Big West Conference with the goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament as its priority.