Nov. 14, 2012
ESPN HoopGurlz Rank - 62nd
ESPN HoopGurlz Rating - Four Stars/93
Position Rank - 14th
"I chose Vanderbilt because of the combination of a fantastic coaching staff, the team and a great education. I connected with the coaching staff, as well as the team right away! This was really important to me. Vanderbilt University, as well as the team, has a great reputation and I am so excited to finally be a part of it. I look forward to big things happening at Vandy!"
NASHVILLE -- Vanderbilt women's basketball Head Coach Melanie Balcomb has announced the signing of Kylee Smith to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Commodores.
Smith is rated a four-star guard and ranked 62nd nationally in ESPN's HoopGurlz rankings. The service also has her as the No. 14 guard in the country. The Alpharetta, Ga., native has played at Alpharetta High School for Coach Angela Anderson Hurt and will finish her prep career under the direction of Coach Michael House. The 5-11 guard has also played on the travel circuit for the successful high-level programs Georgia Elite and Peak Performance Basketball.
"Kylee is a big, strong guard who shoots the three, scores off the dribble and loves to be physical and mix it up on the boards," Balcomb said. "She is so versatile and brings many great attributes to the table, but my favorite thing about Kylee is her mental and physical toughness. Kylee doesn't accept being average; she is always striving for excellence in every area. She is a complete winner."
Smith enters her senior year having already become Alpharetta's career points leader at 1,592 points. She has been the leading scorer on her high school team during each of her first three seasons and has averaged better than 17 points per game during each year.
For her efforts, Smith was named the Region 6 Class 5-A Player of the Year as a junior, while also receiving First Team All-State honors as a junior and sophomore. She has been First Team All-Region during each of her three high school seasons and last year was selected to play in the prestigious Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Junior All-Star Game. She helped Alpharetta advance to the GHSA Class 5-A playoffs for the first time in school history as a freshman and has powered them to the Sweet 16 each of the past two seasons. This past year, Alpharetta finished the 2011-12 season 24-4.
An outstanding student-athlete, Smith ranks in the top 10% of her class and was selected as the top scholar athlete at Alpharetta.