NMJC guard Roosevelt Smart commits to Arkansas State

JUCO Guard picks the Red Wolves

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New Mexico Junior College guard Roosevelt Smart made one visit and he saw enough.

Just a week after visiting Arkansas State, Smart, a 6-foot-2 redshirt freshman guard, committed to the Red Wolves. He is expected to graduate in May and will have three seasons with the A-State program.

“I just felt it was right situation,’’ said Smart, who visited A-State for the  UALR game with his mom.”

“It was a really loved the visit. The people were great. I have a good relationship with the staff. I just felt like it was the right time.”

Smart said he plans on officially joining the Red Wolves in the spring signing period in April.

“There were no negatives,’’ he said. “Everything was good. It surprised me a little bit. I liked it there. My mom liked it and it allows me the chance to get back a little closer to home so my family can see me play.”

The NMJC Thunderbirds have two games remaining in their season. They are 19-9 on the and Smart is third in the league in scoring (18.7 points per game), fifth in free throw percentage (82.6) and 10th in field goal percentage (50.6).

He attended Sunshine Christian Academy in Kansas. He also attended Chicago St. Viator as a junior and Palatine, Ill., as a sophomore.

Smart signed with Loyola out of high school but opted to attend a final semester a prep school in the Fall of 15 before transferring to New Mexico a year ago.

“I did not expect on graduating and having three years but it just kinda happened,’’ he said. “It came up and worked out.”

He said other schools he considered were Winthrop, Southern Illinois, Pacific, Fresno State, Seton Hall, Cal State-Bakersfield, Cal-Davis and Cal-Riverside.

“Having a chance to get closer to home played a role,’’ he said.

He is the third signee for Arkansas State for 2018, joining Jonesboro’s Marquis Eaton and 6-9 Mark Tikhonenko from Russia who is taking classes at Mt. Zion prep.

“Coach (Grant) McCasland said he wanted me coming in and be a combo guard and help bring the ball up the floor,’’ he said. “But I am primarily a 2 or 3 guard.”

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