Published Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm / Updated at 9:01 pm
Basketball
Miles 'fired up' about 6-foot-8 forward

LINCOLN — Leslee Smith made it official Wednesday, signing a letter of intent with Nebraska men’s basketball.

“I’m fired up about signing Leslee Smith,” NU coach Tim Miles said of the 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward from Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

“He is an intelligent young man with great maturity, and is an excellent student. As a player, he possesses the athleticism and skill to flourish in our style of play. We think he can play a variety of positions.”

Smith, a native of the British Virgin Islands, averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 rebounds for Seward County (25-8). He will have two years to play two at Nebraska.

He spent two seasons at SMU, redshirting his first and then playing the second eight months after suffering a torn ACL. Smith played in 25 games, averaging 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. He played high school ball at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas.

Barring any changes on the current roster, Nebraska has one scholarship left for 2013-14. An offer has been made to 6-7 forward Sai Tummala of Salt Lake (Utah) CC.

The Huskers also have reportedly shown interest in an overseas prospect, Mikael Herbert from Finland. Two European basketball websites list him at 6-9 and 180 pounds. He averaged 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds for a team in Finland last season.

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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