ATLANTA – Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter announced on Thursday the addition of Purdue forward Basil Smotherman as a graduate transfer. After four years with the Boilermakers, Smotherman will have one year of eligibility remaining next season.
The 6-6 forward who is from Indianapolis, Ind., played in 18 games for Purdue last season, averaging 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, while playing 12.1 minutes per contest. He shot 55.6 percent from the floor and dished out 15 assists.
“We are excited to add a player of Basil Smotherman’s talents to our team for next year,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “He shoots at a high percentage and can get after it on both ends of the court. We look forward to getting him on campus as we start preparations for the 2017-18 season.”
Smotherman redshirted the 2015-16 season after two very successful seasons at Purdue.
As a sophomore, he played in 34 games, making four starts and averaging 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He played just under 13 minutes per contest, while shooting 47.0 percent from the floor. He finished the season with 31 assists and 17 steals.
During his second year in West Lafayette, he tallied a career-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field with five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 35 minutes against Rutgers. He also had a two-game stretch against nationally-ranked Iowa and Indiana in late January where he went 9-of-10 from the floor, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds in just 44 minutes.
As a freshman, he appeared in all 32 games with 16 starts, averaging 5.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.0 percent from the floor. The 58.0 percent shooting percentage was the third-best percentage by a freshman in program history.
He recorded his first career double-double with a 12-point, 10-rebound effort against Penn State and finished non-conference play shooting 66.7 percent.
Coming out of Lawrence North High School, Smotherman was a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 112 overall prospect by Rivals.com and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Indiana by ESPN.com.
He averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists en route to be named to the Indiana All-Star Team, leading his high school team to a 16-6 mark.
Smotherman becomes the third to sign with Georgia State this year after Hunter signed two highly-touted high school stars in November in Josh Linder of Kathleen, Ga., and Kane Williams of Douglasville, Ga.
Georgia State is expected to sign two more players later this spring as part of replacing three graduating seniors from last month.