Former four-star point guard Deivon Smith has signed a grant-in-aid with Georgia Institute of Technology and will suit up for Yellow Jackets for the 2021-22 season. The Loganville, Georgia native will return to the Peach State after spending his freshman year playing for Mississippi State.
Smith averaged 5 points and 2.9 assists on 33.9% shooting in the 33 games he played in for the Bulldogs last season. Smith played an average of 22.5 minutes a game and was one of Mississippi’s go-to options off of the bench. He finished the season ranking second on the team in assists with 97. The Bulldogs ended last season 18-10 and out of the NCAA tournament. The team did go on to compete in the NIT Championship, losing to the Memphis Tigers. Smith scored a season-high 17 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the loss. He announced his decision to enter the transfer portal a few days later on March 31.
Smith will be returning to his home state where he made a name for himself with the Grayson High School basketball team. He averaged 17.6 points, 8.3 assists, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game as a senior for the Rams. He was later named the 2020 Gwinnett Prep Sports Player of the Year. He led Grayson to a 25-4 record in 2017-18, won the Region 8-AAAAAAA championship, and went to the state final four.
Smith will be joining a Yellow Jacket team that is fresh off of a 2021 ACC Championship the team’s first in 28 years. The Jackets, led by senior guard Jose Alvarado, had a first-round exit from the NCAA tournament after falling to Loyola-Chicago. The Jackets backcourt will certainly benefit from adding an athletic playmaker in Deivon Smith. As of now, Alvarado has entered the NBA Draft while keeping his eligibility in the event of going unselected. Junior guard Michael Devoe has done the same. If Alvarado and Devoe return to Tech, it will be a good deal of competition in the backcourt next season. If they do take their talents to the NBA, Deivon will see significant minutes in Head Coach Josh Pastner’s rotation.
“We’re excited to have Deivon join our Georgia Tech family,” said Pastner of Smith, who has four years of eligibility remaining. “We’re looking forward to him being a great player here at Georgia Tech. He’s a really good athlete and a really good guard-rebounder, and he’s been around winning his entire life. We’re excited to continue to develop his skill set.”