Smith narrowing down timeline

Ray Smith is currently one of Arizona's top targets. Read on to find out where the Wildcats sit with Smith, what his plans are for the summer, and more.

With the 2015 class already filling up with commitments from Tyler Dorsey and Justin Simon, the attention will start to turn to Ray Smith, who could be the next Arizona target to make a decision on where he will be playing college ball.

With school winding down and the AAU circuit in full swing, Smith and his father, Bobby Smith, have started talking about timelines for the recruitment.

"Everything is going really good right now," Ray Smith said. "My dad and I are talking about timelines for the recruitment and when I should be thinking about deciding. We haven't really figured out an exact time yet, but we are actively talking about it.

"I don't know when I am going to have a list or anything like that, but I want to decide this fall. I want to be get it over with before the high school season starts."

Smith is paying attention to his recruitment, but also has other goals on his plate that he doesn't want to lose sight of.

"We have some things in mind for recruiting, but right now we also have to think about my main goal, which is to get to the McDonald's All-American game," he said. "That's the biggest thing on my mind right now."

Smith's recruitment has picked up steam and he is now hearing from schools all over the country.

"I just picked up an offer from Louisville a while back," Smith said. "Colorado and Wake Forest also offered me. It's been a good spring and those are all great schools."

Arizona has been recruiting Smith for a while and was one of the first schools to offer the rising forward.

"Arizona is a really elegant school," Smith said. "Their fan base is huge and everyone supports the school there. It's great to have that support."

Sean Miller has been in constant contact with the Smiths, but Damon Stoudamire has taken the point on the recruitment.

"I talk to Coach Miller about style of play and how I would fit in there," he said. "We mostly talk about basketball and things like that.

"I mostly talk to Damon Stoudamire. He's my lead recruiter and always talks with me about things that I should work on. Some of the things he gives me tips on are things I already know, but a lot of it is really helpful with improving my game."

The Wildcats' pitch to the forward has been simple: come in and make an impact.

"They want me to come down there and work hard and be a play maker," Smith said. "They want to use me kind of like Nick Johnson, coming off of ball screens and things like that. They just pitch me on playing really good basketball."

Even though Arizona's class is starting to populate with players that Smith is already familiar with, he is still taking his time with the recruiting process.

"It helps and it doesn't at the same time," Smith said. "You always want to play with guys that you are friends with, but I still have to make sure that the school I choose is the right fit for me.

"I just need to go somewhere where I am going to better myself on and off the court, so that I can get to the next level."

Smith is friends with recent Arizona commit Justin Simon, but the guard hasn't started his own recruiting just yet.

"Justin is my bro and it's great that he's going there," he said. "We talk a little bit and we try to find times to work out together.

"He has talked to me a little bit about Arizona, but it's not much. I'm sure he will start talking about them more now."

Smith currently has visits planned to UCLA and Georgetown over the summer. He has also visited Arizona on an unofficial visit.

"When I was down there, it was just for an unofficial, but it was nice," he said. "I got to watch a practice and it was good to see the hard work ethic that everyone was putting in. They were all playing hard throughout the whole thing."


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