Smith Picks Big Ten Program

The month of July was used perfectly by Ryne Smith. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard put up large point totals, got a buzz going about his play and then committed to a high major school.

Prior to July, Ryne Smith wasn't a household name, but that quickly changed after putting on a pair of shooting displays at open events.

"I wasn't really known by anybody until after Cincinnati and Louisville," Smith said. "Right after that [Purdue] came on pretty hard."

Following the first evaluation period Matt Painter and his staff made Smith a priority and eventually offered him a scholarship. On Thursday night the Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer standout accepted it.

"I went on a visit yesterday and I really liked it a lot. I went out to eat with their guys without my mom and dad. It just felt right."

"They were the only high-major to be on me hard the whole time since Cincinnati and Louisville. I talked to their head coach numerous times."

Smith, who picked Purdue over interest from Akron, Mississippi and UMass, said a unique recruiting strategy is ultimately what led to him choosing the Boilermakers.

"What really set it off was their number one or two assistant, it doesn't matter which, came and watched me work out on Monday afternoon and then stayed overnight and came again Tuesday morning when he could have been off in Orlando or L.A."

The Purdue staff discussed Smith's role with him and they see him as a guy that is capable of playing both guard positions. He's also very familiar with their offense.

"They said that they look at me as a combo guard, but I have to earn that. I realize that. They run a motion offense, which is basically what I've been brought up with at my high school."

Last season Smith averaged 17 points a game for Whitmer.

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