Oklahoma State basketball and head coach Mike Boynton bolstered the back court over the weekend when they signed grad transfer Kendall Smith, a former ESPN top-100 recruit and CSUN standout to play for the Cowboys in the upcoming season and will available for immediate eligibility.
Smith, who was scheduled to visit Colorado University this past weekend and then Oklahoma State the following, instead chose to forego Boulder, and move up the latter trip. Which some took almost as a guarantee for Smith to end up in Stillwater.
“The addition of Kendall Smith will bring us some great experience in the backcourt,” Boynton said earlier today in an official release. “He’s a guy that has played three years at the collegiate level, and a guy who has always been a high-level competitor. He grew up with three brothers who all played in college. Kendall is really smart, athletic and tough, and will be a much needed addition to our team next year.”
The 6-3 point guard was a two-time All-Big West Conference player after leading the Matadors with 16.7 points and a league-high 4.8 assists per game in 2016-17. Smith tallied 27 double-figure scoring games while scoring at least 20 points in eight games last season and had at least five assists in 16 games. At his best in conference play, Smith’s averages jumped to 17.6 points and 4.8 assists per game in Big West Conference games last season. Smith was also a standout in the classroom as well being awarded with an Academic Excellence Award from the university following the 2015-16 season.