Northeast's Smith earns Spalding® Player of the Year

Charlotte, NC – Drew Smith committed to a program that had never played a game in its history. Starting baseball in the 2018 season it took just two years for Northeast to clinch their first trip to the NJCAA DII World Series.

Smith was paramount to the Hawks' success this season and behind staggering offensive numbers, ends his junior college career as the 2019 NJCAA Division II Spalding® Player of the Year.


  • Position: INF
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Elkhorn, NE

2019 Statistics

  • .465 batting average
  • .538 on base percentage
  • .897 slugging percentage
  • 86 hits
  • 18 home runs
  • 69 runs batted in
  • 166 total bases

2019 Accomplishments

  • NJCAA DII Baseball First Team All-American
  • ICCAC DII Baseball Player of the Year
  • ICCAC DII Baseball Defensive Player of the Year
  • Division II First Team All-Region XI
  • 2019 NJCAA DII Baseball World Series All-Tournament Team
  • Top five nationally in total bases (2nd), hits (3rd), home runs (4th), runs batted in (4th), slugging percentage (4th), batting average (5th)

Northeast Head Coach Marcus Clapp on Smith

"I am so happy for Drew and all his accomplishments this year. He is truly deserving of this honor with all the time and all of the hard work he puts into this game. He is a special young man both on and off the field and I am so proud to have had the opportunity to coach him but more importantly to get to know him as a person!"

Smith's reaction

"My mom always told that through all the tough times, there are minor setbacks for major comebacks. This all wouldn't be possible without my teammates and coaches. They all pushed me to be the best, and for that, I am forever grateful."

Up Next for Smith

  • Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to play baseball and study business.