Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bryan Smith talks Fordham, professional future at Gotham Hoops Invitational

Bryan Smith addresses his time at Fordham and future as a professional prior to Gotham Hoops Invitational at Adelphi University. (Photo courtesy of Gotham Hoops)

Bryan Smith is among the scores of local college basketball players showcasing their talents at today's Gotham Hoops Invitational, held at Adelphi University. Praised by former coach Tom Pecora as one of the keys to Fordham starting the arduous turnaround in the Atlantic 10, Smith gives the event the presence of a Ram for the second straight year, as Branden Frazier competed last offseason before signing a contract with Den Helder in the Netherlands.

Big Apple Buckets' Vincent Simone was gracious enough to catch up with the recently graduated Fordham senior for us, and here is what the Brooklyn native had to say about his time with the Rams, professional prospects, and the future under Jeff Neubauer:

Vincent Simone: What are you going to remember most about your time at Fordham?

Bryan Smith: Just, the people there, the environment at Fordham, it's just a big family there. Everyone cares for each teammates, my coaches, and everybody else there.

VS: Your teammate, Branden Frazier, was in this event last year. Have you sought out any advice from him?

BS: Yeah, me and Branden, we talk all the time. He was telling me to just play my game, play smart, and do all the little things because that's what everybody's looking for, you know?

VS: What part of your game would you say is most attractive to pro styles overseas?

I feel like it's my IQ, I feel like I'm a big guard, I feel like I could defend a little bit, I feel like I always try to make the right play instead of trying to make the risky play.

VS: If you were to choose anywhere to play, where would it be and why?

Oh man, that's tough. I've got three: Germany, Italy and France. I feel like those are the best countries.

VS: What are your thoughts on Fordham next year with the coaching change?

BS: I know there's a lot of change going on over there, but it's basically the same team from last year. I feel every year we bought in together, and we ended the season on a good note, so they'll bring it into next year on a positive note.

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