While on an official visit, former UNC-Asheville guard Dylan Smith has committed to Arizona. Smith averaged 13.5 points per game and made a team-high 81 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, who finished with a 22-12 record after winning the Big South tournament and losing in the first round to Villanova.
“Everything about the place is great," Smith said. "I love the coaches, the tradition and the facilities. It was a place just like this that I was looking for and I found it. I can’t tell you how excited I am. To come all this way is just unreal."
The 6-foot-5, 170-pound guard was not recruited heavily out of high school, but played in all 30 games and started the last 18 games of season.
In addition, Smith was the in the league’s top 15 for his points per game average of 13.5 and sixth in the league in free-throw percentage with 82.6 percent.
Smith will also be expected to help on defense, as he often used his long frame to disrupt passing lanes and helped UNC-Asheville to be one of the best teams in the country in steals.
"Coach loves the way I play and he already has a plan for how to use me," Smith said. "The team here is good already and the players are great. I can’t wait to get back here and get started.”
Arizona will have to wait a season before Smith is eligible to play, but he will be able to practice when sitting out.