The Wyoming basketball staff traveled thousands of miles in July looking at athletes from all across the country. Those frequent flyer miles have paid off with the Cowboys completing their recruiting class today with the signing of PG Shakir Smith out of Tucson, AZ today.
Listed at 6-1 Smith has a 6-5 wingspan and can play both guard positions and is the third guard in this recruiting class. Coming out of high school Smith had offers from junior colleges and division 2 schools but decided to spend the summer playing AAU ball. He joined the Compton Magic and started turning heads at the Adidas Super 64 tournament that took place in Las Vegas. He visited Wyoming this past weekend but didn't announce his decision to sign with Wyoming until today.
This past year he averaged 22.8 points per game in high school. ESPN rated as a 77 but his profile hasn't been updated in a while. Here is his analysis back from 2008.
October, 2008: Smith was one of the quickest guards at the Fullcourt Press event. He possesses a wiry frame with extraordinarily long arms. He is quite slick with the ball and was able to maneuver around defenders despite his lack of strength. He has great speed in the open court, yet understands the jump stop to deliver the nice assist. In the half-court set he possesses a solid crossover move to freeze opponents and can either pull-up for the jump shot (a work in progress) or take it to the basket. Defensively, he has the potential to be a lock-down defender because his length and lateral quickness are impressive. Overall, as Smith gets stronger and continues to develop the areas that need polishing, he should garner interest from the Division I level.
Here is a highlight video he certainly shows hustle, great range and some impressive defensive plays.