CASSELTON, ND – Central Cass senior Decontee Smith has announced his commitment to continue his college and basketball career at Northern State University.
The 5-foot-8 forward averaged 13.6 points per game for the Squirrels last season, along with five rebounds and 2.8 assists and earned all-state sophomore honors in 2020- 21.
Smith announced her engagement on social media on Wednesday night.
Smith told the Forum that her recruiting process really began last summer when schools started contacting her while playing Amateur Athletic Union hoops.
“I played AAU all through high school and a bit through college and a couple colleges contacted me last summer,” Smith said. “Northern State started reaching out to me this summer. We talked a bit, I went on a visit, and I fell in love with the campus.
“I made my visit around the first week of August, then after my visit that night – I think it was 10:30 p.m. or almost 11 p.m. and I called (the head coach of the ‘Northern State Paula) Krueger and I said, ‘I’m ready to come here. ”
Under Krueger, Wolves have amassed an overall record of 175-184 in four seasons. The school, located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference at the NCAA Division II level.
Smith said NSU’s campus, facilities and people all played a part in his decision.
“I thought the campus was really beautiful,” Smith said. “We go there for a team camp every summer and we always see the gymnasium and what the gymnasium looks like and it’s beautiful. But when I walked around and saw it all, I was like, ‘ It’s really awesome. The people here are great and the coaches are great.”
Central Cass head coach Jay Bachman says his star forward has worked diligently to get to this moment.
“Decontee has worked hard for a long time and deserves to go to a great school to further his education,” Bachman said. “Northern has a great student, a great ball player and an even better person. I’m so happy for her and I know she will do very well at the next level.”
Smith said she hopes to study criminal justice, political science and government at NSU.
Before we get there though, Smith hopes his senior season at Central Cass will be special.
“Playing on the Central Cass basketball team meant a lot to me,” Smith said. “Because at a young age coach Bachman had so much faith in me and being able to play there every night as a youngster until now has been a big blessing. This last season is going to mean a lot to me just because I’ve been in this program for so long. It’s going to be a big deal for me because this is my last season playing basketball in high school.