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The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith, sports reporter

(he/him)

Born in Natrona Heights, PA, Nathan Smith grew up in Sacramento, CA. He is currently in his first semester at the State Hornet. Nathan is covering men's basketball for State Hornet sports.
All content by Nathan Smith
Freshman forward Kiir Kiir Chol Deng prepares for his sophomore season with the men’s basketball team. Over the last month and a half, Kiir Kiir said he has added 11 pounds of bulk to provide more physicality on the defensive end.

Three continents and 9,000 miles: Hoops prospect finds new home

Nathan Smith
April 20, 2023

The NBA Global Academy is known to be the NBA’s hub for 16 elite male and female high school basketball athletes each year, among these players was 6’9 freshman Sacramento State forward Kiir Kiir Chol...

The Sacramento Kings are Pacific Division Champions due in large part to star guard De’Aaron Fox, who has led the team with 25.2 points per game. While holding the third seed, the Kings await the end of the regular season for their sixth seed opponent.
(Photo taken from The Analyst; graphic made in Canva by Nathan Smith)

A Game of Thrones to face…the Kings?

Sacramento prepares for heated sixth seed race in Western Conference
Nathan Smith
April 8, 2023
The Pacific Division Champs will look for early stamp on 2023 playoffs.
Senior guard Zach Chappell follows through on a shot around a Weber State defender Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 in a 52-49 Hornet loss at The Nest. Chappell had a team-high 17 points in Thursday’s loss.

RECAP: Sac State men’s basketball lose a nail-biter to Weber State in last seconds

Zach Chappell’s late-game heroics not enough for Hornets win
Nathan Smith
February 17, 2023
Sac State men’s basketball lose in deflating fashion to Weber State after last second game-tying miss by senior guard Zach Chappell.
Senior guard Zach Chappell listens to Sac State men’s basketball coach David Patrick during timeout in an 82-63 loss to Eastern Washington at The Nest Thursday,  Feb. 2, 2023. The Hornets moved to 5-5 in the Big Sky Conference while Eastern Washington remains undefeated.

Sac State men’s basketball suffers tough home loss to Eastern Washington

Hornets lose momentum in second half against Eagles, lose 82-63
Nathan Smith
February 4, 2023
Hornets lose second straight home game to Big Sky opponent, Eastern Washington, in a tale of two halves
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