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Scoochie Smith had a solid performance for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ squad in the Las Vegas Summer League last week.
Smith averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists for Cleveland in 16.9 minutes in seven games, being eliminated in the semifinals in a 112-109 double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
His play earned Smith an invitation to the Cavaliers’ training camp. However, he is reportedly “weighing his options” in regards to next season, according to a report by David Jablonski of the Dayton Daily News, though he would probably accept the invitation.
“I think they learned a lot about me,” he said.
🗣️ Take us home, @scoochstackin!
— NBL (@NBL) July 15, 2018
The former Dayton Flyers point guard is confident in his abilities to play at the NBA level, he said his performance in summer-league play affirmed that for others.
“Sometimes you’ve got to reassure the people,” the 23-year-old said. “That’s what happened.”
Smith, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard, scored 1,289 points at Dayton, where he was the only three-time captain in program history. He said he’s become more aggressive and in attack mode when he steps onto the floor.
“I think that will help me a lot,” he said.
Smith’s most impressive performance in Las Vegas came in a second-round game against Houston, a game in which Cleveland prevailed, 92-87.
He scored 15 of his 17 points in the final seven minutes of the game, spurring the Cavaliers to the victory.
“I was just waiting on my moment,” Smith told Jablonski. “I was fortunate enough it came during that Houston game, not right at the end of the tournament. I still got to showcase some more.”
Smith started last season with the Cairns Taipans in Australia, playing 27 games and averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 boards and 2.3 assists.
He then came back to Ohio and played for the Cavaliers’ G League affiliate, the Canton Charge. He averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 8.1 assists, shooting 51.9 percent from the field and an impressive 52.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in eight games (7 starts).
In the season finale March 23, Smith posted 26 points and 10 dimes.