Saturday, October 27, 2012

Justin Smith Commits to Idaho State

Idaho State scored their second commitment for 2013, as they have gotten a verbal commit from Colorado wing Justin Smith. He is 6'6'', 195 pounds.

"Smith committed to the Bengals for a variety of reasons.," Colorado Chaos director David Matthews said. "He visited the Pocatello, Idaho campus a few weeks ago and felt extremely comfortable with new Idaho State coach Bill Evans and also really enjoyed the atmosphere in Pocatello."
One article says that he averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists last year. Another says he averaged 12.4 points and 5 rebounds per game. He plays on a high school that went 27-1 last year, and he hit the game winning three point shot in the state title game.

One report says that he scores well both at the rim, and has a nice outside shot. He is an athletic guy that is a good defender (which is probably a given when Bill Evans is recruiting him), and could have a chance to play immediately for the Bengals.

Very nice signing for ISU. In past year the Bengals have struggled to pick up early commitments, so this is a very positive sign for the program.

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  1. This is a nice signing, and while Smith's stats may not be eye-popping, one has to remember he was overshadowed (and deservedly so) last season by Josh Scott. The 6'10" Scott averaged over 28 points a game, was a Parade All American, and signed with Tad Boyle and Colorado. All things considered, Smith's stats were pretty solid. With a stellar senior season, he is bound to turn a few heads, so this could be somewhat of a coup for Evans and his program.

  2. With Smith and Scotty Tyler in the fold, the Bengals have two-fifths of their starting line-up in place for the next three or four years. They need to find a solid PG and a big man or two to add to the list.

  3. Bill Evans is a true D1 coach, and knows everything on program building unlike Joe O'brien. I'm excited for the next few years of development into a true contender.