Boca Ciega point guard Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, the flashy and effective leader for a Pirates team that went 23-3 before being upset in the Class 5A playoffs, has signed with Division I Louisiana Tech University, Smith announced via text message Tuesday.
A St. Petersburg Times first-team all-Pinellas County pick and second-team all-Suncoast selection, Smith led the Pirates in points (23.0 ppg), assists (12.2) and steals (1.8) during the 2010-11 campaign. The 6-foot-1 guard competed in the the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches' Boys and Girls Senior All-Star game at Ocala Vanguard High and in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Boys and Girls All-Star Classic at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona.
Louisiana Tech, a member of the Western Athletic Conference and best known for producing NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone, finished 12-20 and 2-14 in the conference during the 2010-11 campaign. The Bulldogs replaced head coach Kerry Rupp with Ole Miss Rebel assistant coach Michael White, who is widely regarded as one of the rising young stars in the coaching fraternity.
"I'm excited to join Coach White and the Louisiana Tech program," Smith said. "I've worked immensely hard to get to this point and I'm ready to take the next step in this journey. I am extremely grateful to my family, friends, teammates and (Pirates coach Randy) Shuman for all their support."