Tigers sign 6'5" All-State forward Bernard Smith
6’5” forward Bernard Smith signed to play for the Grace Bible College Tigers this afternoon in front of the student body at Western Michigan Christian High School. After his high school coach Kyle Mastenbrook and Grace head coach Gary Bailey spoke a few words, Bernard stood up and talked about his future plans and the people that helped him along the way, including God, his father Don Smith, his teachers, and all of his friends and teammates. It was obvious that Bernard’s impact on those around him at West Michigan Christian High School was felt heavily even beyond his contributions on the basketball court.
On the basketball court, Bernard left his mark on the Warrior program with 1,132 points and 766 rebounds in his career. He totaled an impressive 45 double-doubles throughout his career as well. Throughout his senior season, Bernard averaged 21.7 points and 12.1 rebounds, while shooting an efficient 70% from the floor. He broke the school record for field goals in a game, with 21, in route to his career high of 45 points. Bernard received All-Conference honors twice and was honorable mention All-State his junior year. His senior season earned him Class C First-Team All-State honors through pretty much every existing Michigan All-State team (BCAM, Detroit Free Press, AP/MHSAA, and Bank Hoops). He was voted Team MVP twice, and capped off his career leading the WMCHS Warriors to a Conference Championship in 2013-14.
Bernard on why he chose Grace - “Grace felt like home, and I fell in love with the college the moment I stepped on the campus.”
Coach Bailey on Bernard's signing - "We are very happy to have Bernard at Grace for the next four years. He is a tremendous talent and an even better person. Everyone we have come in contact with that knows Bernard has great things to say about him and his character. As a player, he is and can be dominant. At 6'5" and a solid 260 lbs, he can move people around in the post and can really hit the boards. His athletic ability is really amazing. He will be an immediate impact player for us next season. The list of schools that went after Bernard was quite impressive and we feel very fortunate that he is a Tiger."
Bernard and his father, Don Smith. Bernard holds up the #50 jersey, his future number.
Teammates and classmates gather to pray for Bernard and his future at Grace Bible College.