Player

Alanna Smith

Phoenix Mercury DOB: 10 September 1996 Height: 190cm Position: Forward Number: 11

 

 

 

 

Hometown: Hobart, TAS

Junior Association: Nunawading Spectres (VIC)

Current Club: Phoenix Mercury (USA)

International Debut: 2011

Biography

After starring at the Australian Junior Championship level, Smith took her talents to the Nunawading Spectres in the SEABL where she made a splash off the bench in her debut season.

A move to the Centre of Excellence honed her skills and gave her a pathway to Stanford University while her international debut came in 2011 when she represented the Australian Sapphires at the FIBA Oceania Under-16 Championship.

Smith represented the Sapphires at the Under-17 World Championship in the Netherlands the following year, where they finished fifth and she went on to play for the Under-19 Gems at the 2014 FIBA Oceania Champs and Under-19 World Championships in Russia in 2015, taking home the bronze medal.

She also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team and was named the International Women's Player of the Year at the Basketball Australia Awards night.

In 2017, Smith was named to the Australian Opals and averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 58% from the field as the national team won the silver medal before she was named in the Opals team for the 2018 FIBA World Cup.

At just 22 years of age, Smith helped the Opals win Silver at the championships, scoring 10 points in the final against the USA.

Returning for her senior year at Stanford, Smith continued to dominate for the Cardinal, averaging 19.4 points, 8.6 rebounds while shooting an impressive 51.5% from the field and 39.7% from three.

Smith led Stanford all the way to the Elite Eight, where they were finally eliminated. Smith finished her career at Stanford tenth in scoring with 1,703 points, second in blocks with 225, while she was also just the fourth player in college basketball in the last twenty years to register 1,600 points, 150 made triples and 200 blocks.

Topping off her final year in college, Smith was named to a bevy of All-American squads, notably being named to the Associated Press All-American second team.

On April 10, 2019, Smith was taken with the eighth overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Phoenix Mercury, where she is set to play under Opals head coach Sandy Brondello.

Career Highlights: 

FIBA World Cup: 2018 (Silver)
FIBA U16 Oceania Championship: 2011 (Bronze)
FIBA U17 World Championship: 2012
FIBA U18 Oceania Championship: 2014
International Women's Youth Player of the Year: 2014
FIBA Women's Asia Cup: 2017 (Silver)