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Page’s Robert Smith Signs With SAGU to Play Basketball

Page’s Robert Smith Signs With SAGU to Play Basketball
June 08
08:07 2021

Robert Smith Signs With SAGU to Play Basketball


By Steven Law

Robert Smith with his mom and step-dad as he signs his letter of intent

Back in May, during a small ceremony surrounded by family and coaches, Robert Smith signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Southwest Assembles of God University American Indian College (SAGU) in Texas.

As Page’s point guard, Smith’s on-court leadership, basketball knowledge and ball handling abilities helped lead the Sand Devils to the 3A Central state title this year, as part of an incredible 14-4 season record. The Sand Devils made it to the state semi-finals in 2020, where they were defeated by just a few points.

After the 2021 season, Smith visited several Arizona campuses and visited with potential coaches in pursuit of furthering his education and basketball career. When Smith visiting SAGU, located in Phoenix, Ariz., the team’s coach invited him to work out with the team. Shortly after the visit, the coach offered Smith a position on the team.

“I could see right away that he was a natural fit for our team,” said SAGU Head Coach Robb Floco.

After the signing ceremony, Smith sad he was looking forward to the new opportunity.

“I’m just looking to get better at this game every chance I get,” he said.

Coach Floco’s Warriors play a very fast-paced game, scoring an average of 94 points per game and he believes Smith’s athleticism and leadership will be an integral part of his team’s future success.

“Robert shows a lot of leadership on and off the court and make some hard adjustments during a difficult season this year to set his team up to be successful this year,” said Coach Floco. “He’s an athletic, well-rounded student of high character. I think he’s going to bring some toughness to our program.”

Smith, a Sand Devils team captain this year, amassed an impressive sports resume during his time in Page.  During the 2021 season, he was named the Region Defensive Player of the Year for the North Central Region, and All-State 1st team.

During the 2019-20 season, he was named to the All-Region 1st Team, and All-State 2nd team.

Smith was also an impressive football player too, playing quarterback for the Sand Devils his sophomore and junior years (due to Covid-19, there was no football season his senior year). Smith was team captain his junior year. He was named All –Region 1st team both is sophomore and junior years, 2018-19 Region Offensive Player of the Year for the North Region, and given the Navajo Times All Area All Star Award his sophomore and junior years.


Featured Photo: The 2021 PHS Boys’ Basketball team celebrating their State Championship in Mesa. Robert Smith wears # 1

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