Wagner’s Shanelle Smith Eyes Next Level Hoops


After watching Wagner senior combo guard Shanelle Smith play today, it is clear that she possesses the talent to play at the next level.

Smith dropped in nine points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six dimes, and made six steals in the Lady Falcons’ 99-67 win over Longwood Prep today at home.

But, according to head coach Tom Rizzo, she is still available.

The 5-foot-9 Smith owns a good handle, is a solid rebounder, and uses an explosive first step to get to the basket. These are all vital attributes for any high school student-athlete looking to play college hoops.

Plus, Smith and the phenomenal Nicole Melious make a lethal one-two punch.

For the 2021-22 season, Smith is averaging 13 points, six rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.

However, she has only played in 11 contests this campaign due to COVID-19 protocols, her coaches tell me.

Therefore, Smith, who sports a 3.7 GPA, seems to be beginning to heat up on the hardwood.

Smith’s coaches believe she can suit up at the mid-major D1 level. So, keep eye on this young lady as the regular season draws to close on Tuesday versus Curtis, and as Wagner prepares for the PSAL playoffs.

— Jerry Del Priore

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