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Jenks High School basketball standout Cain Smith first stepped onto the court as a competitor in the sixth grade. He had played plenty of basketball leading up to his first taste of competition, but there was something different about competing with teammates that drove Smith to practice more and eventually make the varsity team under head coach Clay Martin.

Now a junior, Smith can play the shooting guard spot, but has the ability to play anywhere on the court. As Smith puts it, “I can play whatever position coach Martin puts me at.”

His love for the game and his teammates is obvious. Smith plays with passion and is one of the rising stars on the team.

“What I love most about my teammates is that we fight through adversity and never stop,” said Smith. “What I have enjoyed most this season is seeing us getting better in practice every day and striving to get back on top after the rough start of the first half of the season.”

For Smith, his game is evolving. Coach Martin said coming into the season he wanted to see Smith contribute in a major way. Martin said Smith can score and find people on the court. Two valuable assets to have in your guard.

“The strongest part of my game is transition I feel like I make smart very smart plays in transition and no one can stop me in transition. Also getting to the basket anytime I want too,” said Smith.

Smith said his playing style and life away from basketball are influenced by one person.

“Someone that has been a big part in my life and also a huge influence is my pops on and off the court.”

Away from the court, Smith takes the lessons learned from his family and coach Martin and applies them to moments in life outside of basketball. Making team decisions and always being prepared are two qualities Smith brings to the dance.

“What I enjoy doing in my free time is getting shots up when I can and also just enjoying life but with enjoying life you still have to be responsible and a leader and that’s something I take pride in,” said Smith.

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