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Xavier Smith Signs NLI To Join @BonniesMBB Program

Xavier Smith Signs NLI To Join @BonniesMBB Program

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Xavier Smith, a 6-7 combo forward from Plano, Texas, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the St. Bonaventure men's basketball program, head coach Mark Schmidt announced Monday.

Smith, who will have four years of eligibility with the Bonnies beginning this fall, posted averages of 6.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this past year for Plano East High School. The long, skilled forward's rebound total led the Panthers, who sent six other players to Division-I schools this year.

Plano East, one of the largest high schools in the nation located just outside Dallas, went 30-6 in 2012-13. Smith was ranked as the 66th-best prospect in the state of Texas entering his senior season in which he helped guide the Panthers to a spot in the Dallas 5A Elite Eight.

"Xavier is another long, talented combo forward whose best basketball is still in front of him," Schmidt said of the potential Business Information System's major. "He has a great jump shot and is a tremendous rebounder and shot blocker. He creates mismatches at both ends of the floor, and we're excited about his development within our program."

In listing Smith as the 66th-best prospect in Texas, Yahoo! Sports had the following to say of the then-junior: "He is long and lean, moves very well in the lane and runs the floor well. He can catch and finish around the rim and has a nice touch from 10-12 feet. He has the length to challenge shots at the rim and get on the boards."

A District 5A Honorable Mention member as a senior, Smith displayed his complete skill set on one of the biggest stages in February. At the McDonald's High School Basketball Classic, a postseason showcase for 10 teams in state's top-two divisions, Smith scored 22 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked five shots in the event's marquee matchup against Dallas Lincoln.

Smith is the second official commitment during the spring signing period – which runs through May 15 – joining fellow 6-7 forward Denzel Gregg, who inked his NLI last Monday.