Rockstars sign first player to contract

Chicago Rockstars

August 23, 2006 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Chicago Rockstars

News Release

Chicago, Il - The Chicago Rockstars have officially signed their first player today. Louis Smith, a 6-6 forward out of Loyola University in Chicago will represent the Rockstars this year. "Louis is a defensive demon, he will do a great job for us," says Head Coach Kenny Williams. " He has all of the qualities you look for in a good player, athletic ability, basketball IQ, mental toughness,and tenacity," says Director of Basketball operations and Asst. Coach Michael Harris.

Louis is a defensive specialist with skills similar to former Chicago Bulls Hall of famer Scottie Pippen. Smith led Loyola University in 2004 with 39 blocks and 41 steals. He reached a career high scoring 22 points vs the University of Missouri Kansas City on 12/02/03.

Smith was a standout High School player at West Aurora High School in Illinois. He led the Blackhawks to the 2000 IHSA state championship averaging 12.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 2.9 apg as a senior while shooting .488 from the field. Smith was an all-conference and league MVP selection. He earned all-state and all-area honors and was named the Beacon News MVP of the league.

The Rockstars plan to sign another player soon. Be sure to keep checking the Rockstars website, www.rockstarbasketball.com or www.abalive.com for more information.

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