JUCO guard Tyson Smith commits to Loyola

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Junior college guard Tyson Smith has committed to Loyola, his school announced Thursday. The Southern Idaho guard averaged 10.5 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals last season as a freshman.

Smith recorded as many as 25 points in a single game, and he shot 76.2 percent at the foul line, a weak area for Loyola last season.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Baltimore, rounds out Loyola’s 2015-16 season. He joins junior college center Maurice Kirby, prep school forward Pernell Adgei and Iowa State transfer Clayton Custer in the Ramblers’ incoming class.

Coach Porter Moser had big success with junior college recruits last season in Coffeyville Community College duo Earl Peterson and Montel James, both of whom were regular starters by the end of the season.

Smith started 28 games at Southern Idaho, but he may not see the floor much next season. Loyola returns its backcourt core of five guards.

However, the junior college product could be a key piece as a junior in 2016-17 with guards Peterson, Devon Turk, and Jeff White set to graduate next spring.

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