Three Future Mustangs Sign NLIs

SMU Head Coach Matt Doherty announced that three players have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2010-11 season.

Head Coach Matt Doherty announced that three players have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2010-11 season. Read more to get Coach Doherty's thoughts on each player:



Leslee Smith (6-7, 245) is a forward for coach Carlos Wilson at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas. Smith is originally from the British Virgin Islands and helped the BVI National Team to a silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships held on Tortola, BVI. "Leslee is a very versatile player. He can defend several positions and can really rebound the basketball. When I saw him play this summer, I knew immediately that he would fit in with our style of play. He is currently playing for one of the best prep teams in the nation and I expect him to continue to have a great year."


Aliaksei Patsevich( (6-4, 180) is a freshman guard for coach Jim Sigona at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. He will have three years at SMU. The native of Minsk, Belarus, played in the North European Youth Basketball League (NEYBL) where he made the 2004 and 2005 all-star teams. His teams also won the Belarus youth championship in 2002, 2004 and 2005. "Aliaksei is a basketball player first and foremost. He can really pass, handle and shoot the basketball. Thus far, he has performed well at Collin County and we expect him to be a major contributor in our backcourt for years to come."


Ricmonds Vilde (6-9, 230) ( is a forward for coach James Graffam at Lee Academy in Maine. The native of Latvia helped his high school to two Riga city championships and two national runner-up finishes. He was second in scoring and first in rebounds for his high school squad. Vilde had personal game-highs in high school of 34 points and 18 rebounds. Vilde also played in the U16 and U18 European Championships and was a member of the Latvian Youth Basketball all-star team. "Ricmonds is a big-bodied post man that can really run the floor and who will be able to extend the defense with his versatility. He has the ability to knock down the three as well as score in the post. Ricmonds is not afraid of contact and is a very good rebounder. He will fit in well with the way we would like to continue to play."


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