South Plains' point guard Devonte Smith signs with UALR

The national letter of intent from South Plains College point guard Devonte Smith has been received by UALR. He is one of two players expected to sign with the Trojans on the first day of the spring signing period.

Smith’s arrival brings both experience and depth to UALR at point guard. The 5-11 guard from Oklahoma City, averaged 7 points and 5.5 assists this season for South Plains. As a freshman, he was the point guard as South Plains, featuring future Ole Miss sharpshooter Marshall Henderson, went 36-0 and won the junior college national championship.

While more of a traditional point guard (he had 13 assists and just 1 turnover in a victory over New Mexico Military Institute), Smith can also provide scoring. He had 26 points (with 6 rebounds and 5 assists) in a victory over New Mexico Junior College.

His commitment was made official via Yahoo!/Rivals last week.

Out of high school, ESPN’s recruiting expert Dave Telep described him as a “high octane, creator, and facilitator type.”

UALR is scheduled to return sophomore point guards Josh Hagins and John Gillon. However, Gillon showed last season he was more than capable of playing at the shooting guard position. Some of UALR’s best minutes last year came with Hagins at the point and Gillon at the 2.

UALR is also expected to sign Homewood-Flossmoor power forward Maurius Hill.