From Gator to Monarch: Smothers signs to play at Methodist University

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SEVEN SPRINGS - Landon Smothers has a quiet confidence. He doesn’t say much, but he is always cool under pressure and he will get an opportunity to prove that at the next level as he signed his national letter of intent to play at Methodist University Wednesday, May 15.

“I can’t really think of one thing I’ll miss about him, but that’s why he’s getting the opportunity that he is. He is good at multiple things,” said basketball coach Taylor Jones. “His leadership style was different. He just came and led by example. He did so many little things that people watching our games would never realize on-and-off the court.

“He is extremely well-rounded and that’s honestly what we as a whole will miss the most,” Jones added.

Smothers was a part of a 20-man team this past basketball season and helped lead the Gators to the second round of the 2A state basketball playoffs as a 13th seed.

“DD” as the team calls him had a typical well-rounded season, averaging 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, which helped a team that was projected to finish in the second-to-last place of the conference, finish second place overall.

“His work ethic is what really separates him. He’s not going to complain; he’s just going to come and work on getting better,” said Smothers’ coach and father, Troy Smothers. “I’m excited to see him grow. On the college level, you are going to be pushed every single practice and that’s only going to force you to get better.”

“I have no doubt in my mind with his character and the way he works, when it clicks for him on the college level, he’s going to blossom for sure,” Jones said.

Smothers will study business when he enrolls at Methodist University, but he doesn’t really want to lay out a plan.

“I just want to take what comes my way,” he said. “Everything just fit well with me at Methodist and I just loved it out there, so I’m just excited to get everything started.”

“I want to give a shout-out to my family, coach Jones and everyone else who has supported me throughout the years,” Landon Smothers said. “This feels really good and I hope that people behind me feel inspired. It’s been one heck of a ride. I had a lot of great coaches and great teammates that have helped me along the way by pushing me to always want to be better.”

“I’m not looking for a lot of shine, I just want to go into Methodist, work hard and make everyone proud,” he said.

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