A newsy day around the 49ers' athletic department Thursday:
-- 49ers midfielder Donnie Smith was chosen by the New England with the 21st overall pick in Thursday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Smith, last season's midfielder of the year in the Atlantic 10 and a three-time all-conference selection, was the second pick in the second round by the Revolution.
"Watching my name called was a surreal out-of-body experience,” Smith said in a statement. “This is something that I have dreamed about my entire life. Playing at Charlotte really prepared me for this opportunity to play at the next level.”
Smith, a former Charlotte Catholic star, scored four goals and had four assists last season. Smith scored game-winning goals against South Carolina, Richmond and Saint Louis.
-- Two 12-foot tall football statues will be installed at opposite ends of Charlotte's football stadium on Monday, Jan. 21. The statues are commissioned by Irwin Belk and sculpted by Jon Hair. They'll be at opposite ends of the stadium, outside the main entrance at the Rose Football Center and in front of Gate 3.
-- Two 49ers men's basketball games -- at George Washington on Jan. 26 and at Butler on Feb. 13 -- will be televised by WJZY (ch. 46).