You could say that TCU Basketball coach Jamie Dixon has had a pretty good weekend.
On Friday, he watched TCU Football dismantle SMU in Dallas. On Saturday, he signed the highest rated recruit in Horned Frogs Hoops’ history. And now, on a Sunday, he got the pledge of another four star talent when Diante Smith made his commitment to TCU, joining P.J. Fuller in the class of 2019.
C O M M I T T E D #LongLiveTadoe pic.twitter.com/PdtHKgyNEJ— Diante Smith DS5™ (@D5SHOW) September 10, 2018
Smith took an official visit to TCU last week, one that was followed by an in-home visit from members of the coaching staff. That was enough to get the four star small forward out of Fort Walton Beach, Florida to make his decision.
Smith initially committed to Alabama, but had a change of heart this summer. With offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, and others, he certainly had options. A top 15 player in the state of Florida, Smith is the 22nd ranked small forward in the country and among the top 105 players in the country. At 6’6” and 195 pounds, he has the size to play either shooting guard or small forward in the Big 12.
Smith saw his recruiting pick up after averaging 17.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and almost three assists per game as a junior - all while shooting 56% from the field and 41% from three. A good defender, he swiped 2.3 steals and averaged nearly a block and a half per contest as well.
Dixon has targeted highly athletic players in this signing class, and has two of the best now in Fuller and Smith. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a TCU Basketball fan, and, from what we are seeing in recruiting, it’s only going to get better to be a hoops fan in Funky Town.