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Men's basketball signs Zhuric Phelps, Jalen Smith

Postby PonyPride » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:10 am

From SMUMustangs.com:

Men's basketball signs Zhuric Phelps, Jalen Smith

Zhuric Phelps and Jalen Smith have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Mustangs beginning with the 2021-22 season, SMU Head Coach Tim Jankovich announced.

Zhuric Phelps, G, 6-3, 175, Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville HS)
Jalen Smith, G, 6-4, 175, Orlando, Florida (Oak Ridge HS)

Zhuric Phelps is a point guard for Coach David Peavy at Duncanville High School. As a junior, Phelps averaged 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals. The three-star signee was on a Duncanville team that finished 29-5 and had reached the UIL Class 6A state semifinals before the tournament was canceled due to Covid-19. As a sophomore at Midland Lee, he averaged 15.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.7 steals. The Duncanville native played AAU for Coach TJ Thomas with the Texas Impact 4:13. Phelps is ranked in the top 10 overall and the No. 2 point guard in Texas by 247.

"Zhuric is a tremendous young man! He has great character, is strong academically and a terrific basketball talent. He had an impressive summer with Coach TJ Thomas and Texas Impact and is poised for a big senior season with Coach Peavy at Duncanville High School. We are very excited to announce Zhuric will be joining us at SMU next year." - Tim Jankovich

Jalen Smith is a point guard for Coach Steve Reece at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida. As a junior, Smith averaged 11.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals and shot 49%. He helped Oak Ridge spend part of the season ranked No. 1 in the Florida Class 7A, eventually reaching the state semifinals. The three-star signee is ranked No. 173 nationally by Prep Hoops. Smith played AAU for Each 1 Teach 1 United.

"We are very excited to have Jalen Smith signing with us today. Jalen comes to us from Orlando, Florida where he played for Steve Reece at Oakridge High School. He is a very athletic guard who uses his 6-9 wingspan to defend at a high level. He also has a reputation for making threes and is a talented playmaker. He is a strong student in the classroom and is a welcomed addition to our SMU family." - Tim Yankovich
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Re: Men's basketball signs Zhuric Phelps, Jalen Smith

Postby indianmustang » Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:07 pm

seems to be ok, not many p5 offers for Both
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Re: Men's basketball signs Zhuric Phelps, Jalen Smith

Postby Charleston Pony » Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:34 pm

I would not expect either to be immediate impact guys, but both could turn out to be solid 4 year players. Just never know...remember how the expectations were higher for Douglas vs Chargois when those guys were signed.

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