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Shuckers Sign Veteran, Hall of Famer Smalley

Hawaii Pacific All-American, Hall of Famer, Los Angeles Lakers Camp Invitee

Severna Park, MD (August 16, 2012) – The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Pro Basketball League (APBL) continued to re-sign a core group of players from the 2011-2012 playoff team. Today the team announced the signing of Llewellyn Smalley, who was an All-American at Hawaii Pacific University, earned a tryout with the Los Angeles Lakers, and will be entering his tenth professional season and second with the Shuckers.

“Llewellyn provides a tremendous amount of experience in the pro game and also showed great leadership on and off the court. We’re excited to have him back in the organization,” commented Shuckers General Manager John Wolfe.

In 2011-2012, the native of Shreveport, Louisiana suited up for six games with the Shuckers. During his time with the team he averaged nine points, 2.17 rebounds, and 2.67 assists per game. He had a season high 13 points against NYC 524, from Brooklyn, New York, in a 130-108 Bay Area win on January 14, 2012.

Smalley quickly earned a reputation as a point producer as a three-year letterman for Hawaii-Pacific and was an All-American for the Sea Warriors in 1997 and 1998. He also is HPU’s all-time leader in points with 1,808. He is tied for first in school history in games, is first in field goals, first in three pointers, third in rebounds and third in steals. For the 1997-1998 season Smalley was named the Hawaii Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MVP and the Far West Region MVP.

Following his collegiate career Smalley earned a camp invite with the Toronto Raptors, but with the National Basketball Association (NBA) lockout he never received his opportunity and would have to wait six year for another shot at the NBA. The 6’2”, 180 pound Smalley made his professional debut with the Dornbirn Lions, currently of the B Bundesliga in Austria, in the 1998-1999 season and averaged 42 points per game (ppg). In 1999-2000 he took his game further south and suited up for Snaidero Udine of Italy’s Lega 2 averaging 15.6 points per game.

In 2000-2001 the current Bowie, Maryland resident hit the courts in Turkey playing for Egepen Altay Izmir and again averaged in double digits scoring 16.3 ppg. The 2001-2002 season saw Smalley continue his European tour playing for Golbey-Epinal of the French Ligue Nationale de Basketball (LNB), and tossed 17.3 points a game through the hoop.

In 2002 Smalley returned stateside and played for the Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs of the United States Basketball League under former NBA star Darryl Dawkins. After one season out of the professional ranks Smalley earned a tryout for the 2004-2005 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the 2004-2005 season he had one of his best in pro ball averaging 22.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for Joensuun Kataja of Finland. He continued to play in Finland from 2005 through 2007 for UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki of the top level Finnish professional league, the Korisliiga. In 2005-2006 he averaged 22.7 points per game and saw his team advance to the league semi-finals.

Smalley an active member of the U.S. Army for two years and currently serving his 17th year of reserve duty has played for the All-Army team. In the 2011 Armed Forces Basketball Championship held at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California from April 10 through April 17, 2011, Smalley was named to the All Armed Forces Team.

On September 24, 2011 Smalley was inducted into the Hawaii Pacific University Hall of Fame.

The Bay Area Shuckers will tip off their second season in October. For more information on the Shuckers and to purchase tickets please visit www. BayAreaShuckers.com.

 

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