Smith impressive in win

Ray Smith is one of the best players in the country for 2015 and showed why on Wednesday. Read on to see what he did, his thoughts on Arizona, and more.

Las Vegas forward Ray Smith continues to see is stock increase and it is easy to see why. In a dominating performance on Wednesday night, Las Vegas defeated Cimarron-Memorial 95-56 as it was led by Smith's 43 points.

"We played hard," Smith said. "Sometimes the games are a little rough, little shaky, but as a captain you have to be ready and willing to step up. Pick your teammates up when they are down and do the unnecessary things to make it necessary.

"If I have to yell at my teammates and get on them a little bit to make us better as a team I will. I am not only focusing on bettering myself, but I am also focused on bettering my teammates."

One of the knocks on Smith has been his shooting ability, but he hit six three-pointers on Wednesday night.

"My jumper has improved, especially from the summer," he said. "We get on the gun after school and after practice. We really focus on keeping my body straight and flicking my wrist. It's improved, but I am going to keep working on it and let it develop to where it is lights out."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Smith is quick to point to the abilities that makes him such a good teammate.

"I am an excited person and I feel that I need to play hard," he said. "I will pretty much go the distance until I fall and I can be hurt and still play. I am also teachable. A coach can teach me and tell me what to do and I will do it. My head is screwed on right and I am a player that knows the game pretty well. I just work hard and focus."

As far as recruiting goes, Smith is choosing to focus more on his junior season. However, he is aware of how many schools want him, including Arizona.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," Smith said. "We're not really worried about it right now though. I am focused on getting better because if I don't get better, the offers won't mean anything. I do know that I am hearing from everyone pretty much, Pac-12 and Mountain West, with a couple of schools in other conferences."

As Smith looks at the different schools recruiting him, he has an interesting perspective on Arizona's current standing.

"It's nice for Arizona, but the truth of the matter is that I am still in high school," he said. "Arizona is number one when I am not there. You can look at that and say that they are number one, but at the end of the day I am still in high school and I don't know what is going to happen."

So what is important to Smith?

"Just a place that fits great for me and my style of basketball," he said. "I want a coach that can stay on me and help me improve. A coach that can push me to the best of my abilities if I don't push myself."

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