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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hotchkiss' Clyde Smith commits to TCU

By ESPNBoston.com

Hotchkiss (Conn.) point guard and Houston native Clyde Smith put an end to his recruitment on Monday when he verbally committed to TCU for the 2012-13 season, mulitiple sources are reporting.

Smith chose the Horned Frogs over Northwestern, Stanford, Boston University and Notre Dame.

His current evaluation from Scouts Inc. reads as follows:



Strengths:
Smith is a skilled attacking guard who plays with great presence and confidence. He is a consistent threat from behind the three-point line with a good understanding of how to come off screens and an ability to make shots in bunches. He has developed a tremendous pull-up game that he utilizes in transition as well as the half-court and is good enough with the ball to make a play for himself or his teammates going to the rim. Physically, he has become much stronger and more explosive within the last year and has the quickness to be a good defender as well.

Weaknesses:
Smith is more scorer than distributor and so still not a pure point guard despite playing more on the ball than off. He needs to prove he can make those around him better and also make more of a commitment to impacting the game on the defensive end. He doesn't have a pure release on his jumper and so rarely gets credit for being as dangerous as he is with his long ball.

Bottom Line:
Smith is a talented combo-guard with a versatile attacking game. While he isn't a pure point guard he plays with an aggressive demeanor and is the type of guy who can fill up a scoring column in a hurry.