MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Pfeiffer freshman standout Mike Smith ranks fifth in the nation in scoring and sophomore teammate Silvere Aluko is second in blocked shots. Smith is the only freshman in the top 50 in scoring, averaging 27.2 points per game, while Aluko’s 4.0 blocks per game put him behind only Jerry Hampton of LeMoyne-Owen.
Smith has been a prolific addition to the Falcons squad. The Lexington, KY native has scored over 20 points in each of his last five contests, including a career-high 37 points against Mars Hill on Nov. 30. He currently leads Conference Carolinas in points per game and is second in field goals made (57), free throws made (46), and steals (16). For the season, Smith is shooting 53.8 percent from the field, 76.7 percent from the free throw line, and averages 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He ranks 13th in the country in field goals made and 28th in steals.
“Mike is a fierce competitor that brings great energy and effort to every practice and game,” said head coach Jeremy Currier. “He not only leads our team in scoring but also in rebounding, steals, free throw percentage and field goal percentage.”
Aluko has developed into one of the nation’s top shot blockers under the coaching of Currier. The sophomore has seen a steady increase in playing time and has started the past two contests. Aluko has 24 blocked shots on the year, including a career-high seven blocks against Barber Scotia. Aluko is averaging 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and shooting 57.1 percent from the field.
“Silvere has put a tremendous amount of work into developing both offensively and defensively,” commented Currier. “He has anchored our defense for the first six games and we’re counting on him to captain our defensive efforts for the remainder of the year.”
The duo looks to continue their dominance on Wednesday evening when they open up Conference Carolina play against Mount Olive at 7:30 p.m.