By Will Willems
One of the key pieces of Butler’s puzzle — if they are going to return to national prominence in the 2012-13 season — is a person some forget hails from Zionsville.
Andrew Smith, Butler’s 6-11 center, didn’t attend Zionsville Community High School, rather Covenant Christian in Indianapolis.
While there, Smith was named second-team National Christian Schools Athletic Association All-American and was chosen to the NCSAA Super Regional Team. He was also honorable mention all-state in Indiana.
Smith is one of several Zionsville residents playing college basketball. When asked what helps make Zionsville a good source of basketball talent, Smith said that it really has to do with the whole Indianapolis area.
“As far as Boone County in particular, I can’t really say a whole lot because I didn’t go to Zionsville (Community High School),” Smith said. “I played AAU, but that is not Boone County specific. But I think just coming from Indiana, and coming from a county so close to Marion County and Indianapolis with all those good schools, it’s just an unbelievable (source of talent). (I saw that) especially playing in some of those All-Star games after my senior year. It just shows Indiana produces a lot of great players.”
Smith is ready to cement his case as one of those great players as his senior season with the Bulldogs is about to commence.
“It has been a great year so far,” Smith said. “This being the first year that we have been able to practice all summer (because of a new NCAA rule) — that really makes this a unique season. The freshmen are so much further along than they have been before. It has been a little easier on us because we have been able work with them for an extra three months compared to what we used to. Everybody is a little further along and it makes the senior leadership roles more important because we have been with them for so long.”
Smith played a key role in both of Butler’s Final Four runs.
For more of this story, read Friday's Lebanon Reporter.