Devils Pursuing Washington Guard

Headlined by Jamelle McMillan and Isaiah Thomas, the state of Washington is producing a fine crop of prospects in the 2007 class. Terrell Smith is an AAU teammate of these two players on the FOH club, and following a fine junior season, has started to garner the attention of many programs, including ASU.

"Arizona State has been recruiting me for about two months," said the 6-4 200 Terrell Smith. "Coach Miller is recruiting me and I enjoy talking to him and Coach Sendek. I know the program wasn't doing well the last two years, but now they have a new staff and they will turn things around."

A skilled outside shooter, Smith averaged 22.8 points a game and led the Federal Way Eagles to a 19-6 record. He scored a high of 35 points and had five games of 30+ points scored during the 2005-06 campaign. He also averaged eight boards and six assists a contest. Smith was voted first team all-league and earned an honorable mention in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer All-State team. "My shooting ability is my strongest point," he commented. "I probably need to work the most on my ball handling."

Playing on FOH (which stands for Friends of Hoops) it's easy to be overshadowed by the aforementioned Thomas and McMillan. Nevertheless, Smith is taking everything in stride, including playing out of position. "I was playing more of a big man role in the tournaments," he explained, "so it was different for me. But things went pretty well. There was one game where I had 24 points and nine rebounds."

Colleges mostly in the western region, make up the overwhelming majority of his suitors. "Arizona State hasn't offered but I talk to them all the time," remarked Smith. "They're in my top three with Stanford and Pacific. The only school from that list that offered me is Pacific. I also got offers from Old Dominion, Utah State and Pepperdine. I'm talking to Washington State too."

The timetable for his decision hasn't been determined, but it certainly looks like he will take a couple or more official visits before making pulling the trigger. "Right now I'm just waiting to see what other schools will offer me before I schedule visits," he said. "If Arizona State offered me, I would definitely take a visit."

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