Sand Creek's Josh Smith chooses CSU-Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - June 3, 2013) - CSU-Pueblo landed a prized Southern Colorado recruit, inking all-state player and Sand Creek High School standout Josh Smith (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) to a National Letter of Intent, head men's basketball coach Ralph Turner announced.

Smith, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound shooting guard from Colorado Springs, was team captain and a four-year starter at Sand Creek High School.  He helped his team to a school record 23-3 record during his senior campaign in 2012-13, earning 4A All-State accolades by The Denver Post and MaxPreps.com in the process.  He led his team in scoring (16.0 PPG), steals (2.8 SPG), and blocks (1.1 BPG).

He finished his career as Sand Creek's career leader in a number of categories, including three-pointers made, total rebounds, and free-throw percentage.

"We are extremely pleased to have Josh join our program," Turner said.  "Josh is an excellent shooting guard that will fit into our system exceptionally well.  He has a high basketball IQ, loves the game, and has a great work ethic.  We need players that are cerebral, and I believe that Josh has all the tools to be a great player in the RMAC."

In addition to his basketball credentials, his academic credentials are just as impressive, earning Academic All-State honors all four years of his high school career.

"I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Pack Basketball family," Smith said.  "I look forward to working hard so I can be an important part of the winning tradition."

Smith is the fourth of a five-member recruiting class on tap for 2013-14.  Previously announced were Trinidad (CO) Junior College's Devonte Malcolm (Jr., Sierra Vista, Ariz.), Pierce (WA) College's Braydon Kuiper (So., Wasilla, Alaska), and Fullerton (CA) College's Julian Caldwell (Jr., Ontario, Calif.).