UNLV landed the third member for its Class of 2013 Friday morning when point guard Kendall Smith announced on Twitter that he had committed to the Runnin’ Rebels.
“It’s official for the next 4 years I will be apart o the UNLV basketball program,” the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Smith tweeted (@Ken2Smoove). “I am a Running Rebel now!”
Smith attended Thursday night’s sloppy 74-52 victory over Chicago State at the Thomas & Mack Center with his parents and hinted at the commitment right afterward in the video interview below.
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Smith said he also had recruiting trips scheduled for UCLA and UConn. He is averaging 22.9 points per game this season at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif., and was a key player on one of the nation’s top AAU teams, the Oakland Soldiers. He was rated a three-star (out of five) recruit by Rivals.com.
Smith also took an unofficial trip to UNLV during an Easter Tourney in Las Vegas. He scored 48 points in a game earlier this season. He joins a recruiting class that includes early signees Christian Wood, a 6-9 wing from Findlay Prep, and 6-6 guard Jalen Kendrick of Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Check out Smith’s junior highlight video below.