Cal State Northridge Graduate Transfer Kendall Smith Planning Visit to OSU

[Longmont Times-Call]
Written by Kyle Boone

OSU has already added one big name via the transfer market this week in Miami of Ohio point guard Michael Weathers, and now the coaching staff is seeking more. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Cal State Northridge graduate transfer Kendall Smith, who recently planned visits to Colorado on April 19th, OSU next weekend and Butler the following weekend, has cancelled his Colorado trip and will now head straight to OSU.

Smith began his playing career at UNLV before transferring to Cal State Northridge following the 2014-15 season. He averaged 16.7 points and 4.8 assists per game last season for the Matadors and shot 37.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Weathers, who committed to OSU this week, will almost certainly be an immediate impact player. But because of NCAA transfer rules, he will sit out the upcoming season. Adding a talent in Kendall Smith to put alongside youngsters Zach Dawson and Brandon Averette could significantly boost the backcourt depth and soften the blow of Jawun Evans’ departure to the NBA.

  • Nate

    Yeah, someone is going to need to explain the scholarship issue. We might have 20 guys on scholarship next at this rate. Who gets booted?

    • Guest

      Glover (the Florida PF) isn’t expected to be academically eligible.

      • Guest 123

        You are allowed 13 scholarship players:
        1.) Brandon
        2.) Jeff
        3.) Davon
        4.) Tommy D
        5.) Crime Dog
        6.)Lucas
        7.) Mitch
        8.) Lindy
        9.) DAwson (Florida PG)
        10.) Weathers (Miami PG)
        11.) Sima (St. Johns Big)
        12.) Recruit from Spain*
        13.) Shine*

        * My guess is one of these two if not both of them are not coming (back). Leaving us with 1 or 2 scholarships left.

        • James

          Does Weathers count for next year?

        • Brannon Ramos

          Who is this Spain recruit you mentioned?

          • InCN

            I’m not sure if Spain is correct or not but his name is Souleymane Diakite.

          • Brannon Ramos

            Oh I remember him now, from Mali

        • zt

          We still don’t know about Dawson’s teammate either, the Glover kid.

      • Phillycowboy

        Great… Losing a big man.

        • spokepokes

          We lost him weeks ago. You obviously aren’t paying attention.

          • Phillycowboy

            I am paying attention – merely pointing out the lack of big men. If you don’t see that as a problem, YOU are not paying attention to the right things.

          • Phillycowboy

            Let me qualify my statement to “pro potential” big men.

          • spokepokes

            LOL pro potential big men. Okay so because we don’t have a homerun NBA center on our team we are failing? Embiids are extremely hard to come by. Please stop with this mindless drivel.

          • Pat

            Worked out great for Texas having a pro big without point guards. Working out pretty well for Philly and New Orleans, too.

          • Shanewill3

            Who are you referring to with Texas and New Orleans. I don’t want to jump to assumptions but I sure hope you’re not grouping Durant and Anthony Davis in the “bigs” category lol. They are essentially guards, sf forward is as far as you can stretch it.

          • Pat

            Jarrett Allen for Texas, and I think that Davis does play more of a post than point position (and they have boogie). Either way, my point is more that post players are less valuable if you don’t have capable point guards.

  • spokepokes

    Uhhhh does anyone else think this guy looks a LOT like Westbrook? His dribbling / shooting especially.

    • MajorPayneCounty

      That pull-up jumper looks exactly like Russ

    • zt

      First thing I thought of.

    • Phillycowboy

      I wish he looked like Embiid in his height and weight. I could careless what his dribbling/shooting are.

      • spokepokes

        Don’t care about dribbling/shooting? He’s a point guard bud.

        • Phillycowboy

          Exactly. I don’t want him to be a point guard. I want him to be over 6’9 and play an actual position of need. Feel free to go back to the ford era if you’re enthralled with point guards and no big men.

          • spokepokes

            Please just stop

  • BBinKC

    It appears we are going to have lots of point guards and no big men. I have seen this before.

    • Phillycowboy

      I very much agree. Get me guys larger than 6’9 and I’ll be a much happier fan.

    • Shanewill3

      Does it really seem that way? This upcoming season we currently have 2 players capable of playing the point. Averette and Dawson, Weathers isn’t eligible until next season. You have to have 3 pgs or combo guards minimum, if we got this transfer that would make 3. It is an absolute must unless you are really just a gambling man, because if you only had 2 and 1 gets hurt, then you’re in serious trouble. Mcgriff has good size, Mitch is 6’9 or so, and then you have Sima and N’Guessan who are both close to 7 ft. That doesn’t really put into account the kid from Spain if he actually shows up, but he seems like a project player anyways. You don’t just take bigs for the sake of getting someone tall. They need to fit the system and have a certain level of skill. At this point could we use a bruiser down low? Sure we could, but aren’t in bad shape there like some make it seem. I’ll take a stud guard like Weathers and Smith who have pro potential over another big body any day.

    • spokepokes

      We have two 7 footers in addition to Soloman and MgGriff. We are in better shape down low then we EVER were under Ford. We also have another potential big man coming soon.

    • Phillycowboy

      Give me an elite PF or Center ANY day over an elite point guard. Good/Great/Elite point guards are a dime a dozen in the big 12. Give Jonathan Isaac type any day over this guy. You have to compare apples to apples here. You say we have an “pro potential” pg coming in. I merely said I’d rather have a “pro potential” player over 6’9. That length is what has kept us from truly competing in the tournament since Sutton left.

      • Shanewill3

        I’d love to have pro caliber PF or Center over another pg too lol, but they are hard to get unless you’re a blue blood. Eddie had 1 in Reeves his entire time at OSU, it has always been an issue and likely always will be.

        • Shanewill3

          Eddie’s best big when we played in the final four was Mcfarlin, who was all of what 6’7?

    • Shanewill3

      In actuality we have more bigs than point guards though lol.

  • Cowboys for life

    This guy won’t count for a scholarship because he is a graduate transfer. So basically he is a walk on

    • spokepokes

      This is false.

  • Pokes

    I think that is Westbrook out there.

  • StillOriginal

    He definitely modeled his game after Russ.