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Mike Smith nabs NBA Summer League invite from Milwaukee Bucks

The Michigan point guard is going to get a shot to shine.

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The Milwaukee Bucks have extended an NBA Summer League invite to Michigan Wolverines point guard Mike Smith, according to a report from Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype. Smith went undrafted in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Smith transformed his game as much as any point guard in America from 2019-20 to 2020-21. He was the NCAA’s sixth-leading scorer during the 2019-20 season on a Columbia team that finished last in the Ivy League before leading the Big Ten in assists for the first-place Wolverines this past season.

Scout’s take on Smith:

“I think he’s a good decision-maker, I think he’s an underrated passer and I think he brought leadership, which is most important. It’s tough when you’re 5-11 as an undersized guard. He’s going to have to prove himself on some level. I don’t know if a team will give him a shot, maybe summer league could be a good opportunity for him. There are things to like, but it’s tough when you’re at his size with what you’re asked to do at his position at the next level. That’s tough. When you’re his size, you’ve got to be an elite, elite scorer.”

The Wolverines had a pair of players drafted on Thursday in Franz Wagner (No. 8 overall, Orlando Magic) and Isaiah Livers (No. 42 overall, Detroit Pistons). With Smith finding a roster opportunity, all eyes are now on Chaundee Brown, who was the fourth member of this draft class for Michigan.