Son of former NBA giant Rik Smits commits to Valparaiso University


rik-smits-with-sonFormer NBA center Rik Smits can be proud of his son Derrik – who has made a decision to attend Valparaiso University.

“I’m excited to say I’ve found my future home,” Derrik Smits tweeted. “For the next four years I will be attending Valparaiso University.”

Derrik Smits is already seven foot tall, still not quite tall as his 7’4 dad, who played for the Indiana Pacers during his NBA career.

He’s ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and, according to the Indianapolis Star, he picked the Crusaders over Ball State, Indiana State, UTEP and Clemson, among others.

Thus far, it is too early to predict whether Derrik Smits will be able to follow his father’s footsteps.

Rik Smits, from the Netherlands, was drafted in the first round of the 1988 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Smits spent all his 12 NBA seasons with the Pacers, averaging double figures in scoring in all of his seasons. He reached career high 18.5 ppg during the 1995-96 season. Smits also made the 1998 NBA All-Star team.

During his time in the NBA, Smits was known not only for his soft shooting touch but for his fouling too – he holds career averages of 3.5 fouls per game.

In total, Smits played in 867 NBA games (started in 792), averaging 14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg in 26.6 mpg.


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