Arik Smith’s first European experience was in 2017 with Umea in Sweden. From there it went to Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2019 he moved to Bergen. In the first season, he averaged 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. In the second campaign, he averaged 13 points, garnered 3 rebounds and provided 3 assists. In 2021 he played the final of the play-offs with Bergen and versus Ostend. Last season he played for the Italian (Serie 2A) Ristropo Fabriano (15.5 points).
“The 28-year-old shooting guard has a lot of scoring ability and can also create well for his teammates. Arik Smith is a player with a lot of grinta and fighting spirit and is defensively minded. We are counting on him to lead our Giants on the field. With the arrival of Arik, the team of coach Ivica Skelin is complete except for one player. We will soon be signing another 4-player to strengthen the core,” Telenet Giants Antwerp stated in a press release.
After Mo Watson, Quentin Goodin and Royce Hamm, Arik Smith is the fourth American reinforcement for the Giants.
Opening match against Ostend moved
The Antwerp team will start preparations in mid-August. The first appointment is the qualifying round of the FIBA Europe Cup. It will take place from September 27 to September 30. The match against Ostend of the opening match day (BNXT League) in the Lotto Arena and on October 2 was therefore moved to February 15.