– University of Hawai`i men's basketball coach Gib Arnold announced the
program's third commitment during the spring signing period. Quincy Smith of
City College of San Francisco signed a National Letter of Intent and will join
the team for the 2013-14 season.
Smith, a 6-0 point guard, will have three years of eligibility with the Rainbow Warriors. The native of Antioch, Calif., helped lead CCSF to a 31-1 record for the season, including the program's first-ever undefeated regular-season (28-0). Smith earned first-team all-conference honors as freshman while leading the Rams in assists (3.6 apg) and steals (2.3 spg). He also averaged 9.1 ppg, while shooting 46 0 percent s from the field, 74.2 percent from the free throw line and 28.6 percent on 3-pointers.
"I believe the most important stat for point guards is wins, "Arnold said. "Quincy won more games then any point guard for the No. 1 ranked team in California. He is an outstanding defender, plays with great control and makes his teammates better. He's quick and athletic and an outstanding student. With three years of eligibility, he's another great addition to our team."
Prior to attending CCSF, Smith played the 2011-12 season at La Jolla Prep, where he was a teammate of current Rainbow Warrior Aaron Valdes, a redshirt this past season. Smith is the third player to sign with the Rainbow Warriors during the late signing period. The team already received commitments from Missouri transfer Negus Webster-Chan and Garrett Nevels out of Mt. San Antonio (Calif.) College.
"I felt that after our initial year in the Big West we needed to get deeper and more athletic on the perimeter," Arnold said. "Garrett and Quincy are both very quick and athletic and two of the best junior college guards in California. Along with Negus, we've definitely achieved our goal of improving our depth and athleticism for years to come."
This year's recruiting class also includes early signees Stefan Jovanovic and Michael Thomas, a pair of California prepsters.
In addition, Arnold announced the departure of junior guard Garrett Jefferson. Jefferson served as one of the team's top defensive players in his two seasons with the Rainbow Warrriors after transferring from Citrus College in California. The native of Lakewood, Calif., provided one of the most memorable moments of this past season with his game-winner at the buzzer to lift UH over Cal State Fullerton.
"Garrett approached us and explained his desire to find a team where he will be able to play more minutes his final year," Arnold said. "Garrett has been one of my most favorite players here at UH. Although he did not play a lot minutes he always had a great attitude. He has been an excellent student and teammate and we all hope he has success at his next stop."