Former Glasgow High School basketball star Shalika Smith has decided to not play for the Western Kentucky University women’s basketball program in the 2014-15 season. Smith’s decision was confirmed Wednesday by WKU officials and Glasgow High School coach Justin Stinson.
Smith was unavailable for comment.
“We love Shalika and she’ll always be a part of the Lady Scotties family. We have the same hope for Shalika as we do for all of our players, that is for her to further her education and live a happy, successful life,” Stinson said. “For some of our players that includes basketball after high school and for others it doesn’t.
“But that doesn’t change how we feel about our players and it doesn’t impact their ability to live a happy and successful life. We continue to love and support Shalika in all of her future endeavors.”
Smith had a very successful high school career with the Lady Scotties before signing with WKU. She averaged over 15 points and nine rebounds a game as a senior, helping Glasgow reach the state tournament for the second time in three years.
“Shalika certainly had an amazing high school career. She was a starter on the only two regional titles (teams) in school history. She won a Class A state championship and was named MVP. Shalika was a Kentucky-Indiana all-star and earned countless all-district, all-region and all-state awards,” Stinson added. “She will forever be etched in the Lady Scotties’ record books and is one of the best ever to put on a Lady Scotties jersey.”