"Ray led the state in scoring this past season and the strides in his game have become very noticeable," said Ray's father, Bobby Smith. "He's playing tougher inside and his handle and shot have really come around."
That improvement in his game has led to him being one of the most hotly recruited players in the country.
"He started getting a lot of interest over the past year and now a lot of the West Coast is on him," Bobby said. "UCLA, ASU, Cal and USC are coming after him, as is Arizona."
Expect Arizona to be in this one until the end.
"They were one of the first big schools to get in on Ray and we are obviously intrigued by them," Bobby said. "We went down there earlier in the season to see them practice and it was good and informative."
The Smiths enjoyed their recent visit to the USC campus as well.
"We went there to talk to see how things are going with the new coach and style of play and I can say it was very impressive," Bobby said. "Coach has a plan there and it looks like things will be heading in the right direction."
It now appears that Smith's recruitment is picking up the pace.
"We want to cut down his list to 10 soon," Smith said. "Then we want to narrow the list down further and get all the visits in.
"He will decide before the start of his senior high school basketball season, so we have to get moving on this."
The Smiths are looking for candor from any potential college coach.
"I want to know how they see Ray fitting in," Bobby said. "Does the coach believe he can make an immediate impact or does he want to work him along slowly? Also, we want to know what position they see Ray playing."