By BRAD KEITH
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STEPHENVILLE (August 20, 2015) — Tarleton State has made one final addition to its 2015 men’s basketball recruiting class, adding 6-8 power forward transfer Xavier Smith from St. Bonaventure (NY).
Smith, a Plano product, has two years of eligibility remaining after playing in 22 games for St. Bonavenbure, a member of the Atlantic 10 conference. He is a 2013 graduate of Plano East High School, where he played alongside Tarleton teammates Sawyer Kipp and Jacob Morales.
Smith was once ranked the No. 66 best high school recruit in Texas while leading Plano East to a 30-win season as a senior.
“Xavier has a lot of upside. Coming from the Atlantic 10 Conference, he has seen a great level of basketball,” said Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman, who with 589 victories is the winningest active college coach in Texas. “He has good size, athleticism and can step out and shoot the ball to the 3-point line. He has the potential to be very good in our system as he continues to get stronger and learn our terminology and methods.”
Smith is the ninth and final member of the recruiting class at Tarleton, the second Division I transfer. Senior guard Charles Hill, a Fort Worth product, has left TCU to come to Tarleton. Junior college transfers include All-American guard Louis Baltazar of Burlington County College (NJ) and guard Chantz Chambers of Bossier-Parrish Community College (La.). High school prospects include forward Anthony Davis of Lewisville, forward Josh Hawley of Irving McArthur, guard/forward Lance Ewell of Brock, guard Kealon Clayborne of Cedar Hill and forward Da’Rhon Mitchell of Cedar Hill.
Tarleton also returns starters in guard Michael Hardge, small forward Nosa Ebomwonyi and power forward EJ Reed, as well as key reserves in Malcolm Hamilton, Dashaun Riddick and others.
The Texans set a modern-era school-record for single season wins with 31 last season, capturing their third South Central Region championship and reaching their second Final Four.