North Little Rock’s D.J. Smith voted SBLive’s Arkansas High School Boys Basketball Player of the Week

Congratulations to North Little Rock D.J. Smith for being voted SBLive’s Arkansas High School Boys Basketball Player of the Week!

The 5-foot-8 senior guard led the Charging Wildcats to an 82-76 win over Mills by scoring 13 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter. North Little Rock, a state title contender in 6A, finished 6-0 in nonleague action.

Smith received 54.55% of the vote, beating out Russellville’s Trey Allen who finished with 9.09%. Northside’s Tamaury Releford tied for second with 9.09% and Bentonville West’s Riley Buccino was third with 6.82%

We are currently accepting Athlete of the Week nominations for the week of Jan. 11-17. If you would like to nominate an athlete, please email or tag us on Twitter or Instagram at @sbliveark.

Here are the other athletes who were nominated for Jan. 4-10:

Trey Allen, Russellville: The 6-foot-2 senior combo guard led the way for the Cyclones in Tuesday’s 56-54 overtime win against Catholic with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Riley Buccino, Bentonville West: Buccino, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, nailed five three-pointers (four in the second quarter) and finished with a game-high 27 points to lead the Wolverines to a 70-60 win over Siloam Springs on Wednesday.

Camren Hunter, Bryant: The Central Arkansas commit had another big game Monday against Marion, pouring in 28 points with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks to power the Hornets to a 65-48 victory.

Tamaury Releford, Northside: Releford, a 6-foot-8 senior, led the way with 17 points and seven rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 75-56 win over rival Southside on Tuesday.

Yazed Taforo, Southside: The 6-foot sophomore guard had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists Wednesday in the Mavericks’ 62-55 victory against Waldron.

Landon Ward, Siloam Springs: The senior point guard had a game-high 19 points Thursday in a 59-31 win over Gentry, helping the Panthers finish a stretch of three games in three days with a victory.

Kel’el Ware, North Little Rock: Ware, a 6-foot-10 junior center, had 29 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday in the Charging Wildcats’ 87-83 overtime win against Jonesboro. He was 12 for 16 from the field.

Bryson Warren, Little Rock Central: The sophomore guard went off for 29 points in the Tigers’ 71-66 overtime win against Hot Springs on Wednesday.

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