Ramar Smith had to work a little overtime on Wednesday night, but got the result he was looking for in the end.
Smith, a 6-3, 180-pound combo guard from Detroit King who the Razorbacks are recruiting, had 29 points Wednesday to lead his team over Detroit Osburn 67-63 in the Class A state playoffs.
"I think we have to win five more to win it all now, but we are going to keep playing hard and just see what happens each game,' Smith said. "I got to the basket a lot tonight and also my jumper was falling so everything was going pretty well for me."
Smith had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a win over rival Detroit Cass on Monday with Arkansas head coach Stan Heath and Razorback assistant Orande Taliaferro in the stands.
He is averaging 23.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals this season and is a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Michigan.
"They both came up and watched me play," Smith said. "They are making sure I know how much they are interested in me."
Smith, regarded as one of the country's top 30 players by Scout.com , visited Arkansas officially for the Razorbacks' win over Alabama back on Feb. 21.
"They are definitely at the top of my list right now," said Smith, who was committed to UConn at one point. 'I'm still looking at Tennessee and a little at Ilinois, but like I said Arkansas is up top."
Smith is not sure when he will take a visit to Tennessee at this time.
"We'll just see how it all goes, but I'm really focused on helping my team get as far as we can right now."
He's kept up with the Razorbacks' five game winning streak heading into their SEC Tournament game with Georgia .
"They really playing well and got hot at the right time," Smith said. "I'm happy for all those guys. They are getting up and down the court and playing the kind of basketball I like."
Smith is honored to be one of the 10 finalists for Mr. Basketball in Michigan.
"That's pretty cool and it'd be nice, but really it's just about winning basketball games right now. That's the big thing."
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