St. Petersburg (Fla.) High guard Serrel Smith visited Wichita State last weekend. He also plans to visit Dayton and Mississippi. Scott Purks Tampa Bay Times
St. Petersburg (Fla.) High guard Serrel Smith visited Wichita State last weekend. He also plans to visit Dayton and Mississippi. Scott Purks Tampa Bay Times

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Florida guard Serrel Smith is a scorer with Wichita State on his mind

By Paul Suellentrop

psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com

August 29, 2017 02:25 PM

UPDATED August 29, 2017 03:55 PM

Serrel Smith compares his style to Jamal Crawford, a three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year for his instant offense.

Smith, a senior guard at St. Petersburg (Fla.) High, displays the same manner of bouncy scoring in his highlight films. Since he averaged around 27 points a game and is on pace to set the school’s scoring record, according to coach Chris Blackwell, the YouTube impression is accurate.

“Serrel does a lot of everything,” Blackwell said. “He’s going to get his share of points from the free-throw line. He can create a shot. Tremendous scorer.”

Smith (6-foot-3, 170 pounds) visited Wichita State last weekend. The trip made a positive impression, especially his visit to the Doo Dah Diner.

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“We went out to eat and, everywhere, people are big fans of the Shockers,” he said. “Very friendly.”

Smith watched the Shockers practice and played pickup games.

“It was intense, a nice workout,” he said to describe watching current players work with coaches in small groups. “I’m just trying to find a school that has the right coach that will get me better for the next level.”

Smith said he is visiting Dayton this weekend and Mississippi the weekend of Sept. 9.

Smith plays point guard, but considers himself capable of manning shooting guard.

He is a bit of an under-the-radar recruit compared to some other Wichita State targets. Rivals.com does not list him among its national or state rankings. 247sports.com gives him three stars and lists him No. 250 nationally.

ESPN.com considers him a four-star prospect and ranks him No. 24 nationally at his position and No. 10 in Florida.

“He’s a very intelligent floor leader,” Blackwell said. “He gets his team involved. He’s tremendously, highly motivated.”

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop