Timberwolves sign second-round pick Smith

Updated: August 31, 2006, 1:57 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves signed their second-round draft pick, forward Craig Smith, on Thursday.

Smith, a 6-foot-7 standout at Boston College, was selected with the 36th overall choice this summer. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in 36 games for the Eagles, earning first team all-conference honors in the ACC. He finished as the school's all-time leading rebounder.

Though last year's second-rounder, guard Bracey Wright, spent most of the season playing in the NBA's developmental league, Smith should have a chance to make the team. The Wolves are short on reliable, proven depth around perennial All-Star Kevin Garnett in the frontcourt.


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