Former Bridgeton Basketball Player To Represent U.S. In European Tournament

By: RJ Franceschini, Follow South Jersey Intern

VINELAND, N.J. – Former Bridgeton and current Rowan College of South Jersey Cumberland (RCSJ) basketball player Angel Smith will represent the United States in the United World Games Tour in Europe this week, with the organization PhD Hoops

According to their Facebook page, “PhD Hoops USA Red Team (U18) is primed and ready to compete at the Euro Youth Basketball Cup.” 

Smith is entering his sophomore year as a forward/center for the RCSJ Dukes and leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.2 and a field goal percentage of 57.1%. The 19 year-old was also a large contributor for the Bridgeton High School Bulldogs as he led the team in blocks with 51 in his senior year. 

“I believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Smith. “Things like these don’t come by often and I plan to savor every minute of it.” 

According to a press release from PhD Hoops, Smith was chosen to participate in the event based on his playing ability, character, and desire to be a part of a fantastic opportunity. The United World Games Tour is an international tournament that is set to be played in Germany, Austria and Italy. PhD Hoops allows two teams of players to go (Red and Blue) Smith will be on the Red team and play against Italy’s Energy Padova team on Friday, June 23. 

The tournament is entering its 19th year and holds tournaments for more than just basketball. Such sports include tennis, volleyball, handball, field hockey, rugby, soccer, ice hockey, and ultimate frisbee. Ages for these sports range from as young as 10 to as old as 21. 

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