Wofford senior forward Aerris Smith, plagued by knee problems, averaged just 8.8 minutes per game this season for the Terriers after averaging close to 25 minutes as a junior. Smith played just 14 minutes in the Southern Conference tournament, but ten of those came when Smith gutted it out and pulled down four rebounds in the conference championship game Monday night, a 56-53 victory over Western Carolina.
After clinching a ticket to the NCAA Tournament, Smith was interviewed on Wofford’s radio station and as he spoke about winning the conference title, emotions just poured out.
Smith was a freshman who saw limited minutes on the Wofford team that made the tournament in 2011, so to get back to the Big Dance, especially after his injury issues, means the world to him.
Smith detailed his early morning workouts in the swimming pool to keep his cardio up while keeping the weight off his knees.
“My teammates and coach (Mike) Young just believe in me and they gave me the strength as well as my family to do it every morning because I wanted this moment right here,” Smith said before revealing a striking announcement before breaking down with emotion.
Words truly don’t do it justice. You’ll have to listen to it for yourself.
(H/T College Basketball Talk)