With Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker both being seniors, Wichita State was in a position where adding some depth to the perimeter on the recruiting trail wouldn’t be a bad idea. Of course, Gregg Marshall and his staff have addressed this in their 2015 recruiting efforts, with two freshmen (Tyrone Taylor and Landry Shamet) being joined by transfers Conner Frankamp (eligible in December) and Peyton Allen (eligible next season).
Sunday afternoon Wichita State added another perimeter option to the fold, as Tallahassee CC guard Daishon Smith announced via Twitter that he’ll be a Shocker. Smith is Wichita State’s second commit in the Class of 2016, joining three-star shooting guard and former Colorado State commitment C.J. Keyser.
Smith played his freshman season at Eastern Florida State CC, where he averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. The 6-foot-1 Smith is a native of Jacksonville, where he attended Ribault HS, and he discussed his skill set with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle.
He describes himself as a combo guard with a strong instinct for defense. He visited WSU over the weekend and committed before flying back to Florida.
“I’m very good at attacking and putting pressure on the defense,” he said. “I’ve built a great relationship with (assistant) Coach (Greg) Heiar. I feel like it’s a good fit to come in behind Fred (VanVleet) and Ron (Baker), just to make things happen and keep the program going.”
In total Wichita State will lose five seniors at the end of the 2015-16 season, meaning that there’s room for a few more additions in their 2016 recruiting class.