Prep Schooler Makes Decision

West Virginia thought it had a good shot at landing Wellington Smith during his senior season at Summit High School in New Jersey, and while it took a bit longer than expected, WVU finally got a commitment from the outstanding swingman following a recent weekend visit.

Smith (6-7, 210 lbs.) visited West Virginia along with JeJuan Brown this past weekend, and made a verbal commitment to the Mountaineers.

Smith was pursued at various stretches by Wake Forest, Rutgers, Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Florida, among others. He has put on about 15 pounds since the spring, and has filled out his frame considerably. He will play this year for Blair Academy, a small but prestigious prep school in New Jersey.

The combo guard forward exhibited excellent shooting skills from the outside at Summit, and improved his game a great deal during his senior season. He led Summit in scoring, rebounding and assists during his final year before deciding to attend prep school to put the finishing touches on his basketball education.

"I know I needed to mature as a person and as a player," Smith told "I want to be able to balance my time – to do my homework, hang out with my friends and play basketball. I didn't do that at Summit."

Smith becomes the third member of the class of 2006 and thre fourth newcomer that will be on the court for WVU next fall. Previously, Joe Mazzulla and Cam Thoroughman committed to West Virginia. They will be joined by transfer Jamie Smalligan, who will sit out the season this year after transferring from Butler.

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