Owls Announce Addition of McCurry, Smith

Nov. 9, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas -- Rice women's basketball head coach Tina Langley announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday (11/8/17). Arianna McCurry (Roseville, CA/Roseville High School) and Jasmine Smith (Houston, Texas/The Kinkaid School) are set to enroll and join the Owls in 2018-19.

"We are thrilled to be adding two standout young women to the Owl family with the signing of Arianna McCurry and Jasmine Smith," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "Both these young ladies place a high value on academics and understand the level of work required to succeed at the highest level, both on and off the court. These attributes make them a perfect fit for Rice University."

"Arianna and Jasmine come from incredible families that instilled in them the characteristics it takes to be successful in life and basketball. Both also come from excellent high school programs and nationally recognized AAU programs that have helped prepare them for competition at the highest level. They each have an incredible work ethic and passion for winning and we're so excited to play a role in their futures."

Arianna McCurry -- 6'6" -- Center

Hometown: Roseville, California
High School: Roseville High School (Joshua Errecart)

About McCurry: McCurry is a two-time all-conference honoree who enters her senior season with career averages of 8.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks for the Roseville Tigers. Rated a Premier Basketball Report four-star center, McCurry helped lead the Tigers to a conference championship last season and a 22-9 record overall. In addition, McCurry played AAU for JBS Basketball Club.

Tina Langley on McCurry: "Arianna is an extremely skilled and mobile center who impacts the game on both ends of the floor. She has the ability to score on the block or face up, and makes her presence known both defensively and on the glass. Ari's basketball IQ will allow her to excel in our system and her values mirror those of our program. We're so excited that Arianna is a Rice Owl."

Arianna McCurry on Rice: "Not only does Rice have the incredible academics I was looking for, but also the team and coaching staff are exactly the family I needed to make Houston my home away from home."

Jasmine Smith -- 5'8" -- Guard

Hometown: Cypress, Texas
High School: The Kinkaid School (Stacey Marshall)

About Smith: Smith helped lead the Kinkaid Falcons to a Southwest Preparatory Conference title her junior season, earning All-SPC and All-South Zone honors in the process. She also earned the All-SPC and All-South Zone honors as a sophomore and freshman. Smith is rated by Premier Basketball Report as a four-star recruit, a top 100 player in the ESPNW rankings and a top 30 point guard in her class by Girls Basketball Report. She will enter her senior season with career averages of 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Tina Langley on Smith: "Jasmine is an exceptionally talented point guard who has the ability to score the ball at all three levels and still make everyone around her better. She takes pride in defending and is a passionate competitor. Jasmine is one of the best players in the country and we are thrilled she decided to represent her hometown and join the Rice family.

Jasmine Smith on Rice: "The moment I left Rice for the first time, it felt like I was already a member of the family. The support system I will have there leaves me with full confidence knowing I will be pushed to my upmost potential, not only athletically but also academically. I'm excited to see what I will accomplish knowing everyone wants to see me succeed as much as I do."






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