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Unity for All: Former Hilltoppers Star Wellington Smith Joins New Hoops Venture Designed to Grow the Game

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Former Summit High School Basketball stand-out Wellington Smith has joined Unity Sports, as the company's New York / New Jersey Director of Basketball.
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SUMMIT, NJ - Former Summit High School (SHS) Basketball stand-out Wellington Smith -- who enjoyed a stellar career at West Virginia University (WVU) and then played professionally overseas -- has joined Unity Sports, an Ohio-based organization that provides sports programs that include skill development training, camps, clinics, leagues, tournaments and events. 
 
Smith becomes the company's New York / New Jersey Director of Basketball, with a goal to build the game at all levels, starting in his hometown of Summit. The past two-plus years, he held the role of Director, Basketball Marketing, at GameChanger. Smith will be merging his Wellington Smith Basketball Academy endeavors, including the three AAU teams he coaches, into his new role at Unity Sports.
 
"This is a great opportunity to follow my passion, starting in a place that I love -- my hometown -- and grow the game at all levels," said Smith. "There are many projects in the works, starting with simply developing a place for kids to drop in and get a quality game of pick-up basketball, continuing all the way through playing the sport at a very high level."
 
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While at SHS, Smith compiled 1.224 points, including 581 in 2004-05, a tour de force season in which he hit 60 three-pointers while also grabbed 314 rebounds. He finished his Hilltopper career as the all-time leading rebounder with 734 boards.
 
At West Virginia, he played in 140 games -- third most by any player in WVU history -- starting 75  of those contests. During his career as a Mountaineer, he scored 696 points, grabbed 454 rebounds, shot 45.7% from the field and 35.5% from three-point range, and finished with finished with 62 career blocks, third most in school history.
 
Smith led WVU to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a "Sweet 16" slot in 2008, and a Four Four berth in 2010, the same season they captured the Big East Championship.
 
He played professionally in Japan, before being forced to retire due to injury.


 
Smith's first significant programs under the Unity Sports umbrella include a series of basketball camps held beginning July 6, and a 3-on-3 Tournament at Memorial Field August 8.
 
Three camps will be offered including:
 
July 6 - 9
 
Rising Third - Fifth Graders
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Daily
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford
 
July 20-23
 
Rising Sixth - Eighth Graders
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Daily
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford
 
August 3 - 6
 
Rising First - Third Graders
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Daily
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford
 
The cost per camp is $295, with registration and information available by visiting unitysportsgroup.com.
 
The 3-on-3 Tournament will featured three age groups -- ages 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18 -- with the cost per team set at $150. To register for the event, visit unitysportsgroup.com.
 

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