After spending last year at La Lumiere Prep (IN), 2014 guard Damion Smith has made the change back home to New Mission High School.
"It was great, I loved it there," Smith said. "The teachers, the people, everything. I got homesick and I came home and didn't want to leave. I made a mistake and I have to deal with it now."
He played basketball and football while in Indiana, but has been focusing the past couple of months on the hardwood.
"The spring went good," Smith said. "This weekend was my first tournament with my new AAU team [Expressions Elite] and I thought I played pretty good. We won the championship."
At six-foot-five, 195 pounds, Smith says a lot of Atlantic 10 coaches are looking at him as a shooting guard and an asset defensively.
"I'm a great defender, I'm a slasher, I can score the ball," Smith said about his strengths. "I can play well in transition and run the court."
"I think the A-10 would be great for me," Smith said. "I want to be in the A-10, actually."
He lists UMass and Charlotte as his leaders, because he's made a solid relationship with both coaching staffs thus far.
Does he have a timetable?
"If I feel like the time is right, I mean why not [commit]?," Smith said. "If I feel like the decision is good for me, there's no point in waiting."
Despite having issues with homesickness, Smith doesn't feel as though location will play a factor in his decision. He cited Saint Louis as an example of distance.
"I was just young and making dumb decisions," Smith said. "Location isn't going to be a big deal."
Although he doesn't currently hold any offers, the July period may open that up. The Expressions squad will start out in Philadelphia before traveling to Las Vegas and elsewhere around the country.