Lincoln Southwest is brimming with potential, and Rylan Smith’s leadership (and scoring) is at the center of it | Basketball Boys
And therefore, it’s no coincidence that Smith’s lowest-rated games this season have also been Southwest’s losses – he averages 17.6 points per game when Southwest wins, but only 7.6 points. of defeats.
The No. 8 Class A Silver Hawks are currently 8-3 so far this season, but all three losses have come against other top-10 opponents: 62-32 to No. 5 Creighton Prep, 65-61 to No. 7 Lincoln Northeast and 59-54 to No. 6 Gretna. Their last two losses to Northeast and Gretna have required overtime, showing just how close Southwest is to a top-five spot in Class A.
However, the Silver Hawks failed to do so and Smith made sure his teammates knew he planned to come out of those losses.
“When we lose, I’m always the first to say the loss is on me, because I always feel like I could have been better or tried harder,” Smith said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes for us to win; I don’t care if it means scoring 20 points or two points, as long as we get the win, I’m happy after the game.
As one of Class A’s top scorers, Smith is now seeing recruiting interest from several middle and major schools in the Midwest. The junior will have plenty of time to continue winning scholarship offers over the next year and a half, so his focus right now is to ensure the Silver Hawks continue to grow over the final six weeks. of the season.