UC Irvine has landed a commitment from Brandon Smith a 6-foot-5 left-handed wing from California.

Smith is just a two-star recruit, but he’s considered by many out west to be a great pickup for one of the best programs in the Big West.

Joel Francisco of ESPN.com said that in a time when “it’s difficult to find hidden gems [that] UC Irvine just did.” Ronnie Flores called him a “diamond in the rough”.