UTRGV Signs Former Loyola Rambler Guard Tyson Smith
EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Men’s Basketball Head Coach Lew Hill announced on Wednesday the signing of 6-2, 185-pound guard Tyson Smith, a fifth-year transfer from 2018 Final Four team Loyola Chicago, to a scholarship agreement for the 2018-19 academic year.
“We want to get people from winning programs,” Hill said. “When you get people from winning programs, they bring a winning attitude. They bring a hard hat mentality to work every day. We’re excited to have him here.”
Smith redshirted the 2017-18 season due to injury. In 2016-17, Smith appeared in 24 games off the bench, averaging 1.4 points,1.0 rebounds and 7.3 minutes while working his way back from an injury the prematurely ended his sophomore campaign.
As a sophomore in 2015-16, Smith averaged 4.7 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 17.0 minutes in 25 games (nine starts).
Smith started his career at Southern Idaho in 2014-15, averaging 10.5 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Smith finished high school at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., averaging 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game as a senior.
Originally from Baltimore, Md., Smith was a key player in Milford Mill Academy's county championship in 2012 and regional championship in 2011. He earned MVP honors in back-to-back years at the State Farm Classic.
“Tyson’s an experienced guard,” Hill said. “He brings a winning pedigree. He brings toughness. He’s a leader. He’s somebody who can play multiple positions. He can score. He’s a playmaker. He can help our young guards by leading and guiding them. Tyson’s seen it firsthand. This year, while he was redshirting, he watched a lot of film and learned from the coaches’ point of view how to do things. Speaking to Coach Porter [Moser], the biggest thing he praised about Tyson is his leadership and how he works hard every day. We’re excited to bring him here and to bring that same mentality here.”