Coup For Crimson

Tommy Amaker secured a verbal commitment from one of the program's key targets. Center Kenyatta Smith pledged to the Crimson over the weekend.

Meet Kenyatta Smith, basketball player and future anesthesiologist.

As of Sunday, he's decided to take his game from Flintridge Prep in California all the way across the country to Harvard. The 6-foot-8 center who attended the 2010 NBA Camp, committed to the Crimson after considering Vanderbilt and Pennsylvania.

"When I got up there to hang out with the team on campus I felt like it was a place I could spend four years. I thought I could thrive and succeed."

Smith is a late blooming big man with good hands and great feet. He's a coup for the Crimson, especially given the lack of available bigs nationally. Smith is going to be a load in the Ivy League. Harvard, he said, gives him a chance to succeed on and off the court.

"This was a life decision. It had a lot to do with basketball too. This team, though it hasn't had a lot of history of winning, is stacked now. I want to be a part of history and get that first Ivy League championship. These guys are so dedicated and I want to help contribute to that."

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