Eastern Illinois men’s basketball head coach Jay Spoonhour has landed another Chicago area player in former Thornton Township High School guard Reggie Smith.
Smith is transferring from UNLV and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Smith averaged just 2.5 points a game in 20 games with the Runnin’ Rebels last season, but according to the school, decided to transfer to be closer to his home of Chicago.
Smith was one of the top players in the nation coming out of high school in 2010 as he was ranked 112th by Rivals.com and HoopScoopOnline.com. He was considered one of the top three players in the Chicago area in the class of 2010 finishing as a runner-up for Illinois Mr. Basketball. He earned All-State honors in 2009 and 2010 and was nominated as a McDonald’s All-American entering his senior season.
“Reggie has played at the highest level of college basketball,” said Spoonhour. “He is an explosive player who will give our team some real speed and athleticism at the guard.”
Smith brings an explosive ability at the guard position with a 43-inch vertical leap. He started 80 of 83 games at Thornton Township concluding his career with more than 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists and 200 steals. He was a three-time All-Conference honoree helping his team win three straight regional titles. As a senior he averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game as the team won the regional title with a 22-6 record under head coach Troy Jackson. As a junior he led the team to a 30-2 record placing third in the state as the team lost to Whitney Young in the tournament semifinals. Smith averaged 17.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. During his sophomore year the team won the regional and sectional titles with a 21-7 record. Smith averaged 12.9 points per game.
“I’m excited to be at EIU and I’m looking forward to a new beginning,” said Smith.
He began his collegiate career at Marquette where he started five of eight games while battling several injuries. Smith transferred from Marquette to UNLV following the 2010 fall semester. After sitting out the spring of 2011 and fall of 2011, Smith played for the Runnin’ Rebels in the spring of 2012 as the 6’0 guard appeared in 20 games off the bench. Smith shot 47 percent from 3-point range. UNLV finished 26-9 last season losing in the NCAA Tournament to Colorado.