Arizona offers 2015 forward

2015 forward Ray Smith is one of the best players in the west for his class. Read on to see what his father says about his recruitment, Arizona's offer, and more.

Blessed with a frame indicating he is still growing, 6-foot-8, 185-pound Las Vegas combo forward Ray Smith has the look of a future elite prospect and displayed such ability this past AAU season.

Ray's father, Bobby, isn't at all surprised by his son's improvement.

"I'm happy for Ray because he put in the work to get better and he continues to do that," Bobby Smith said. "Honestly, we're overwhelmed by all the positive feedback we've gotten."

Smith claims there are no favorites in his son's recruitment.

"We just want to focus on the season and continue to get better," Smith said. "We'll continue to listen to the coaches, but there are no favorites."

One of the coaches the Smiths will be listening to is Sean Miller.

"He just offered Ray on Wednesday," Smith said. "It seems he thinks he's a kid who is really improving and the ASU coach who offered seemed to feel the same way."

This wasn't the Smith's first contact with a UA coach.

"We weren't really that surprised by the offer," Smith said. "Damon had been talking to us for a while and he really likes Ray's game. In fact, he said he thought he had about as much ability as any small forward.

"They've been interested in him for in a while and they have definitely picked the pace up and have been very complimentary. Kind words like that are always appreciated."

Although the Smith's aren't in any rush to make a decision, they do have a general idea of when Ray will announce his decision.

"His goal is to become and announce at the McDonald's All-American game or maybe at an Under Armor game, because that is the team he is with," Smith said. "Either way, we are in no rush at all and the longer Ray waits, the more colleges are going to want him."


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