Smith will reunite with Panthers head coach Tim Kendrick who helped lead the Nova Scotia Canada Games team on a thrilling run to a silver medal at the 2009 Canada Summer Games held in PEI.
Smith was a standout when he played for Citadel High School in Halifax, the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation high school runner-ups to Horton High—and where Kendrick formerly coached—in the 2010-11 season.
“We are very excited to add D.J. to the Panthers line-up. He is a skilled player who is very tough and competitive. He brings a history of hitting the huge shots, and has the potential to be a lock-down defender. This fine young man will be a great fit with our team,” said Kendrick.
D.J. Smith is equally enthusiastic about joining the UPEI Panthers. “I can’t wait to get there! I am going to be reunited with a great coach and be going to a great university.”
In the last year, Smith has been consistently ranked among the top 30 high school players in the country.