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Report: UC Irvine lands commitment from So. Cal guard

Jul 8, 2014, 1:30 PM EST

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UC Irvine has landed a commitment from Brandon Smith a 6-foot-5 left-handed wing from California.

Smith is just a two-star recruit, but he’s considered by many out west to be a great pickup for one of the best programs in the Big West.

Joel Francisco of ESPN.com said that in a time when “it’s difficult to find hidden gems [that] UC Irvine just did.” Ronnie Flores called him a “diamond in the rough”.

The Anteaters won the Big West last season, and with three of their top four scorers from last season returning, they should be able to compete for the league title again this season.