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Three MSA High School Basketball Players Heading to Play College Ball


KKW_6577kThree Miller School high school basketball standouts made their college choices official Thursday in a signing ceremony at MSA.

Cam Smith, Guilherme Guimaraes and Kristin Histand were all honored as they announced where they will be playing their college basketball next season.

Smith, a 6-1 point guard, is headed to the Ivy League where he’ll be attending Dartmouth. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.1 steals for the Mavericks as a senior in 2013-14.

He chose the Big Green over offers from George Washington, Boston University and other Ivy schools including Brown, Cornell, Princeton and Yale.

“My main goals for college was to find the best blend of academics and basketball and I felt like the Ivy League was it and Dartmouth was just the perfect fit for me and my family,” Smith explained. “It’s just great to know where you’re going, going somewhere good to make a difference.”

Smith says the Big Green coaches have indicated to him that he could be in line for good minutes as an incoming freshman.

“They told me I have a pretty good chance. Of course I have to make adjustments to my game to play at the college level — get stronger, things like that — but they said I have a chance to make an immediate impact. I’m excited for that.”

Histand will be at Hood College in Maryland next season. She was an integral part of the powerhouse Miller girls basketball program, winning numerous Virginia state titles in her time as a Miller School Maverick. The sharpshooter was one of head coach James Braxton’s key three-point shooters and averaged nearly eight points-per-game in her Miller career.

“It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid and just to get to play college basketball is really exciting,” Histand said. “And of course to have my family here really meant a lot to me, too.”

The 6-8 Guimaraes will be staying in-state at Hampden-Sydney. He came to Miller from his native Brazil and gave the the Mavericks good size and rebounding on the frontline.

Playing in the United States has been a lifelong dream for Guimaraes, and playing at the next level is an added bonus.

“When you turn on the TV all you see is those big players, the United States, the Dream Team,” he explained. “You almost dream about leaving your country and going to the U.S. to play basketball. Now I can say I’m a level up from high school basketball level, playing college basketball level. So it’s truly a dream being realized.” ~ via Nathan Sulham at Newsplex


~ via NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather




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