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Arizona lands commitment from UNC Asheville transfer

Dylan Smith, Ryan Arcidiacono

UNC Asheville guard Dylan Smith, center, drives against Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono (15) during the first half of a first-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 18, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


Arizona has landed a commitment from UNC Asheville transfer Dylan Smith, the point guard announced on twitter on Wednesday night.

“I’m blessed and proud to announce I am committed to the University of Arizona!” Smith wrote.

Smith is a freshman wing that averaged 13.5 points this past season for Asheville. He’ll have to sit out the 2016-17 season but he’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2017-18 season.

At 6-foot-5, Smith is a wafer-thin wing that will do himself good sitting out for a season as he puts on weight. An Alabama native that was at one time committed to Texas-Pan American, Smith will spend the upcoming season as a practice player going up against Arizona’s ridiculous number of talented wings: Allonzo Trier, Terrence Ferguson, Ray Smith, Rawle Alkins. Playing time would be tough for him to find this season even if he was eligible.

Smith is the fourth Asheville player in recent years to transfer out of the program and to a high-major school. Keith Hornsby left for LSU prior to the 2013-14 season, Andrew Rowsey transferred to Marquette after the 2014-15 season and, this offseason, the Bulldogs lost Smith and Dwayne Sutton to Louisville.