"Arizona had been recruiting us for a little bit now and we just wanted to get down there and check out the place for ourselves," Bobby Smith said.
Ray Smith wasn't able to take a traditional visit around campus, but that was by design.
"We talked with Coach Miller and he told us that he was going to be running practice, but he would still love if we came down there and watched practice," Bobby said.
The Smiths came away with what they witnessed during that practice.
"It was very organized and you could just tell how professional everyone is and they were all about business," Bobby said. "That's a really talented team out there."
Despite conducting a practice, the UA coaches were still able to talk to the Smiths.
"They really like Ray's game and they told us that they would accept a commitment right now from him," Smith said. "We're not ready to make that kind of decision yet, but Arizona has made a really positive impression on both of us."
The coaching staff is especially enamored by Smith's skill level and long-term potential.
"They always mention how impressed they are by Ray's improvement over the past year, and how it seems like he can do a little bit of everything," Bobby said.
The improvement in Ray's game hasn't surprised his father at all.
"We go into the gym everyday with a purpose," he said. "We do footwork drills, shooting drills, defensive drills, stuff like that. He isn't going into the gym and working on his half court shots."
Bobby has a good idea of when Ray will make a decision.
"We want to decide on a school sometime during next AAU season, but, in the meantime, Ray's going to be working on his skills and hopefully lead his team to a state title," he said.