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Westland’s Smith to play at OCU

Westland High School senior J.J. Smith will play for the men’s basketball team at Ohio Christian University.

Smith helped the Cougars finish 18-7 this winter. They lost to Olentangy Liberty 61-43 in a Division I district semifinal.

A guard and forward, Smith averaged 14.2 points and a team-high 11.6 rebounds. He was named first-team all-OCC-Central Division and third-team all-district.

Ohio Christian won the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II national title this past season, defeating Arlington (Texas) Baptist 73-62 in the championship game March 9 in Springfield, Mo.

Ohio Christian, which is in Circleville, finished 27-8 overall and 10-0 in the Ohio Collegiate Athletic Conference.

—Frank DiRenna