Boys Basketball: Kenyatta Smith is the real deal

You knew Flintridge Prep’s Kenyatta Smith was going to be something special this year. As a sophomore last year, the 6-foot-5 lanky center showed promise of being a true post player with an intimidating presence.

I got a chance to see him play last week and I’ll tell you what: He’s the real deal. Smith is now a 6-foot-7, 265 pound virtual wall. Smith not only gets his touches and points, but the mere fact he’s standing in the paint goes to the Rebels’ advantage. His mere presence means opposing teams have to alter their shots, and driving inside? Forget about it.

Smith finished with five blocked shots last week in a 49-45 win over Maranatha. What an intense game, just ask Maranatha coach Tim Godley. Smith’s third block came with 4:54 left in the second quarter and Maranatha’s Robert Schneider driving in. Smith calmly extended his arms high and swatted the ball with such force it hit one of the officials standing on the baseline. That brought the home crowd to its feet. Smith did it again with 1:19 left in the second quarter, this time blocking Andrew Elffers’ shot and the ball hitting the other official. He finished with 15 points and six rebounds and dunked twice, the first coming in the first half with a thunderous two-handed slam.

There are a select few prolific players in our area you’re going to want to see this year, and Smith is definitely near the top of the list. If you’re free Saturday afternoon you’re going to want to check out Pasadena Poly (12-2, 1-0) at Flintridge Prep (11-4, 2-0) at 4 p.m.

The 2:30 p.m. game between the girls will also be a good one. The Panthers are 10-2 overall and 2-0 in league and the Rebels are 13-4 overall and 3-0 in league.

Talk about a showdown, that’s for sure. And yes, we plan on covering the game.

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  • Apache Joe

    6’7, lean, quick-footed athlete?

    I smell a sure-fire Division 1 left tackle on our hands boys.

  • what?

    I wouldn’t call him lean or quick-footed.

  • fan

    Maybe not lean and quick-footed, but certainly dominate. Way to go Kenyatta. Keep working in the classroom and on the court.

  • Apache Joe

    He looks pretty lean in that picture up there. Hopefully his feet will improve. Put him on a football field as a left tackle and see what he can do.

  • Prep Fan

    First of all, this guy is very soft…I played against him last year…big guy but he would not be a good football player!…trust me!

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  • a basketball observer

    Poly 24 Flintridge 24 at the half

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    52-43 flintridge prep wins

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    Joe Forgatch Looking great off the bench year for the titan squad. His wet jump shot routinely sprays the opponent defense and his classic good looks leave something for the female fans as well.

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    My cousin kenyatta u go man

  • Gavin

    My cousin kenyatta u go man

  • Gavin

    My cousin kenyatta u go man

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