Murray State made a splash on the recruiting trail Monday evening, as the Racers landed a verbal pledge from 2018 Holly Springs (MS) combo guard DaQuan Smith. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
"Murray State just felt like home," Smith told HoopSeen.com. "I love the players and the coaching staff there."
Racers head coach Matt McMahon and his staff prioritized Smith throughout the recruiting process. For the past year, the 6-foot-1 scorer has been one of Murray State's primary targets. McMahon spent some quality time building a relationship with Smith.
"Coach McMahon and I have a great relationship. He wants me to come in and work hard and get minutes early."
Smith, an explosive combo guard that is wired to score, had a coming out party at the Rodney Hood Elite Camp last August. He was one of the top performers in a talented field. With the ability to put up points in a hurry from the perimeter, Smith solidified himself as one of the top scorers in the South. He also possesses great end-to-end speed and can create plays for himself off the bounce.
Smith averaged 14 points per game playing with MBA Hoops on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.
Murray State was able to fend off some stiff competition for Smith's commitment. He also considered Memphis, Penn State, and South Alabama.
Smith is the first member of Murray State's 2018 recruiting class.