May 25, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State women's basketball head coach Beth Burns announced Friday that Deidra Smith (Aurora, Colo.) has been added to the Aztecs' roster. Smith, a 6-foot-2 forward, is transferring to SDSU from Boston College and will be eligible to compete starting with the 2013-14 season.
"We had a terrific visit with Deidra when we recruited her out of high school, however, at the time she really wanted to attend college back East," Burns said. "When she made the decision to come back west, we were excited that she chose SDSU. She is very familiar with many of our current players and is a talented power forward who will only get better as a redshirt during the upcoming season. We are happy to have her join the Aztec basketball family."
Smith was a freshman at Boston College this past season, playing in 29 games and staring on three occasions. She averaged just over 10 minutes per outing and ranked third on the squad in field-goal percentage with a .431 mark. Smith also tallied 48 rebounds and scored a season-high 11 points against Wake Forest.
"San Diego State recruited me a lot when I was in high school," Smith said. "I really like the coaching staff and the players and feel like I can make an impact on this team."
Smith graduated from Denver East High School in 2011, where she was named both a first-team all-state and first-team all-conference honoree as a senior, averaging 14 points and seven boards a contest. As a junior, she led the Angels to the 5A state title and was tabbed to the all-Colorado girls' basketball team by The Denver Post. Smith began her prep career at Overland High in Aurora, Colo., where she also received first-team all-league accolades and led the state in blocks as a sophomore.
The daughter of Harvey Smith and Heather Murrell, she is slated to enroll in classes at San Diego State this summer and is planning on majoring in sociology.
Smith is the third player to sign with the Aztecs this spring, joining center Cierra Warren (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and guard Danesha Long (Long Beach, Calif.). The team inked a pair of current high school seniors, forward Aleiah Brandon (Corona, Calif.) and point guard Tia Levi-Dixon (San Diego, Calif.), to National Letters of Intent last November.