“Ben is a really good player,” Marshall said. “He shoots the ball well and rebounds the ball well. He also has the ability to play multiple positions. Ben is a tremendous person, as well as an excellent student, and we are happy to have him.”
Smith ended his two-year career at Northern Oklahoma College – Enid, as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in school history with more than 1,300 points and 725 rebounds, respectively.
“I feel very comfortable with my decision to come to Wichita State,” Smith said. “I really like the players and coaches. They are going to have a really good team next year, and they were great to hang out with on my visit. I really felt comfortable.”
He was also named to the OJAC Region II first team and the Region II All-Tournament team at NOC-Enid. Smith averaged 21.4 points and 11.4 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from the three-point line. He made 56 three-pointers and 140 free throws in 30 games.
As a sophomore and senior at Oklahoma City Southeast he helped his team to the Oklahoma State High School championship game, earning all-tournament honors his final season.
He will join Spring signee Joe Ragland, a 6-foot-0 point guard from West Springfield, Mass., and Fall signee, seven-foot center Ehimen Orukpe, a native of Delta, Nigeria, as newcomers to the Shocker program in 2010-11.
Ragland, a NJCAA All-American from North Platte (Neb.) Community College, helped North Platte to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson as the school’s career scoring leader.
Ehimen (A-hee-may) Orukpe (O- Roo- Pay) redshirted one season at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and played his first season for the Raiders in 2009-10.
Smith is WSU’s second signee of the Spring, 2010, signing period.