Crusaders News
Men's Basketball - Tue, Jun. 25, 2013

Tennessee Temple University basketball coach Brac Brady found the answer to a big need without having to go far. Rhea County standout Jalen Smith, who averaged 21.4 points a game as a senior, signed scholarship papers Friday to continue his career with the Crusaders. Smith, who lives in Evensville, said he recived offers from Bryan College, Lee University and Roane State Community College but liked Temple for its relatively small size and what he saw as a rising program. "Definitely, the coaching staff" was a factor, he said, citing Brady and new assistant Ricky Taylor in particular, and the school's Christian identity was a plus as well. The 6-foot-1 shooting guard also averaged about three assists and six rebounds a game, but Brady said his best feature is his ability to put the ball in the basket. "We're excited to get him," the coach said. "We really wanted to find a shooter, and we think we found one in him. We'll work on his footwork and other parts of his game, but I think he can contribute right away. He has a good demeanor and he shoots the ball really well, and he seemed really drawn to Temple."