Cawhan Smith (2020) played this past Summer with Gateway Illinois on the RecruitLook Hoops League and so we got to see him several times throughout the grassroots season. The word that describes him best is… Gutsy.
Cawhan plays at Collinsville High School — the number 1 ranked large class school in the greater St. Louis Area — and their undefeated season was on the line at the Highland Shootout against De Smet.
Ray’Sean Taylor, Cawhan’s Collinsville and Gateway IL teammate, gets a lot of the pub and rightly so — Taylor is in the conversation for Mr. Basketball Illinois this year. But, it was Cawhan’s night to shine, even on a night where Taylor had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals.
Cawhan had a gutsy performance — hitting big shot after big shot on his way to 17 points.
Cawhan hit a 3-pointer with 2 minutes left in OT to tie the game. He then hit a pair of free throws with :50 seconds left to give Collinsville the lead, but his best was still to come. Cawhan stepped up and hit a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer!
Eight points in overtime. Game winner. Undefeated season still intact. What a performance!