Redshirt senior forward Collin Smith said on Tuesday he is opting out of the upcoming UCF men’s basketball season .
I love y’all. 💜💜 pic.twitter.com/wYQWnIkPEW— Collin Smith (@pizzahead2_) October 13, 2020
Smith announced his decision in a Twitter post, and said he decided to step away from basketball to properly manage his health due to an “underlying issue.”
"COVID-19 has taught us a lot of lessons, and while we are not sure what the future holds for me with basketball, life is about timing, and the time is now to fully take care of myself," Smith said in the post.
Smith’s decision comes shortly before the NCAA Division I Council is expected to vote on granting winter athletes an extra season of eligibility. Stadium reporter Jeff Goodman said the vote will take place on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
There will be a vote today or tomorrow on whether basketball players should get an additional year of eligibility. It should be an easy decision for the NCAA. Here’s why: pic.twitter.com/JLq09qsZxX— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) October 13, 2020
Men’s basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins took to Twitter in response to Smith’s decision.
“Collin has been a huge part of the success we’ve had here the last few years,” Dawkins said. “Although he will be missed on the court, he will always be a part of our UCF family.”
Collin has been a huge part of the success we’ve had here the last few years. Although he will be missed on the court, he will always be a part of our UCF Family. https://t.co/0b9p2GUXSL— Johnny Dawkins (@Coach_Dawkins) October 13, 2020
Last season, Smith led the men’s basketball team in points, blocks and total field goals, both made and attempted, according to UCF Athletics.
Smith said the decision was not an easy thing to say, considering he was stepping away from a game he has loved since childhood.
“Anyone that knows me, knows that I love the game of basketball more than anything,” Smith said in the post. “Since I was nine years old, it’s provided me with many memories that I will never forget.”
While he may not be on the court, Smith said he will still support the team from wherever he may be.
“Although I won’t be on the court this season, I won’t be too far away, as I plan to cheer for the best team in the country from the sidelines or wherever I happen to be at that moment,” Smith said. “And trust and believe me, this isn’t going to be the last time you hear about Collin Smith.”
Damn, imma miss it. Love y’all too. 💜 https://t.co/CTFwLguMIH— Collin Smith (@pizzahead2_) October 13, 2020