Eric Smith returns home looking to lead Coastal Carolina hoops

In 2009, Mullins point guard Eric Smith captured WPDE's Mister Hoop Zone trophy joining a legacy that includes NBA point guards Raymond Felton and Ramon Sessions. Smith chose to go to prep school instead of his senior year with the Auctioneers and landed at the University of South Carolina. Following three years and two coaches with the Gamecocks, Smith is using his final year of eligiblity to play closer to home at Coastal Carolina.

He started 40 games in his career at South Carolina, averaging just over 5 points and 3 assists a game in his junior campaign. "I just feel like everything happens for a reason," Smith said. "It didn't work out for me at South Carolina like I wanted to, but I was still able to have three solid years there and I graduated earlywith a degree and I'm able to start on a Master's degree here and also play for a good coach like Cliff Ellis."

With the departure of four year starting point guard Kierre Greenwood, Smith expects to step into the starting point guard slot for his one and only season with the Chanitcleers. Cliff Ellis hopes that the combination of Smith and Warren Gillis in the backcourt along with the entire front line returning will propel Coastal Carolina to its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1993.

Coastal Carolina opens the 2013-14 season on November 9th at the University of Akron. WPDE Sports will once again host the Cliff Ellis Show. The Chants head man and WPDE Sports Director Rich Chrampanis will take you through the Big South slate beginning on January 5th, 2014. The Cliff Ellis Show airs Sundays at noon on WPDE and will be posted every Sunday on