Joel Smith Shines in Husky Debut

Nov. 9, 2004

SEATTLE - Washington freshman guard Joel Smith started off his Husky hoops career with a bang Tuesday, leading all bench scorers with 10 points in the exhibition game against Westmont College. In front a loud Husky crowd Smith showed no signs of freshman jitters, just pure excitement to be wearing purple and gold.

'It felt really good out there. I had a few butterflies before the game, but they were all gone when I was out there on the floor. It just feels good to be on this team and part of such a great program.'

The only freshman on the UW roster, Smith was not afraid to go after the long ball, sinking two 3-pointers on his two attempts. He was 4-for-5 from the field and grabbed three offensive rebounds, but would not let his breakout game get to his head.

'I thought I shot alright, but I need to get better on my defense,' Smith said. 'I need to work on putting more pressure on the ball.'

Approximately 3,300 fans showed up to Tuesday's free game, a great preview to the much-anticipated hoops season. Smith emphasized the importance of the rowdy Husky fans to the team's success, saying 'As long as we play hard and physical like we know how nothing can go wrong, especially with good fans behind us.'

Junior forward Jamaal Williams was another Husky newcomer seeing playing time tonight. The Corona, Calif. native and transfer from the University of New Mexico had four points and five rebounds on the night.

The Huskies face Seattle Pacific in their regular-season opener on Nov. 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.