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Matters are heating up on the recruiting front for the Colorado men’s basketball team.
Early Monday afternoon ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported that Cal State-Northridge graduate transfer Kendall Smith is scheduled to visit CU on Wednesday. A 6-foot-3 guard, Smith averaged 16.7 points for the Matadors this past season while shooting .448 from the floor.
A few weeks ago CU coach Tad Boyle related a willingness to explore the graduate transfer market with the two scholarships that became available when guards Thomas Akyazili and Bryce Peters announced they were leaving the program. Smith’s pending visit indicates the Buffs are exploring quick-fix options for the loss of senior point guard Derrick White.
In addition to posting a .375 mark from 3-point range, Smith averaged 4.8 assists this season. Overall, Smith averaged 4.1 assists over 51 games in two years at Cal State-Northridge. During those two seasons Smith posted an assist-to-turnover rate of 1.6.
Wherever Smith lands for his final collegiate season — graduate transfers are eligible immediately — it will be his third Division I team in a nomadic career. Smith played at UNLV as a freshman in 2013-14, averaging 3.8 points. After two games the following year Smith left the Rebels for Cal State-Northridge.
Smith improved dramatically as a shooter between his junior and senior seasons with the Matadors, jumping from .386 to .448 overall and going from .272 to .375 on 3-pointers.
Borzello’s report said Smith also has visits scheduled with Oklahoma State and Butler, while expressing interest in North Carolina State and Cal as well.