Smith slams Pipe after 34-point week

Forward leads 'Stangs to wins over Hawks, Gryphons

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Purple Pipe winner Brad Smith

Laura Barclay

PUT THAT IN YOUR PURPLE PIPE AND SMOKE IT. Innisfil, Ontario native Brad Smith earned this week's Purple Pipe award for helping the Mustangs outscore their opposition by a combined score of 165-116 through two games this week.

The Purple Pipe is a longstanding Gazette tradition, awarded weekly to an outstanding Mustang athlete. This week, veteran forward Brad Smith of the men’s basketball team receives the Pipe for a second time during his career.

After a stellar first half of the season, the Mustangs are ranked first in the OUA West and seventh in the nation. Smith is averaging a team high of 19.8 points and 6.7 boards a game and certainly en route to end his career at Western with a bang.

The Gazette caught up with Smith about playing golf and being short.

Does the team have higher expectations this year after last year’s top four finish in the CIS championships?
Definitely, everyone on the team would agree that the national championship is the only thing we have in mind. Anything else would be unacceptable.

What is the team dynamic like on and off the court?
I’ve known a bunch of these guys for a while now and that’s a big part of our team chemistry, is that we’re all really close friends.

What is it like playing for coach Campbell?
He stresses defence, which is good for us because defence is going to win us games in the long run. He’s intense and he’s a good coach.

Is there a team in the OUA that you love to beat?
I have to say Guelph. Ever since I’ve been here there’s been this intense rivalry that goes back way before I have played here.

What do you love most about basketball?
I love the competitiveness; it’s just something I really enjoy doing. I play it all the time, I don’t know anything else " shooting the ball and dunking is a great feeling for me.

How long have you been playing?
Actually, I only started playing in Grade 11 ... I was one of the shorter kids in Grade 9 and then slowly I got bigger than everyone else.

What is your favourite sport other than basketball?
I really enjoy golf. Back before I got tall, that was my sport.

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