2016 Intro: Junior Smith

Junior Smith is just a freshman, but high major schools are beginning to take notice and plan to track him during the spring evaluation period.

Among the most impressive prospects at the Knoxvegas Heat Invitational this past weekend was freshman guard Junior Smith.

Playing with the Karolina Diamonds, Smith, a standout at Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian, showed the poise, vision, leadership, passing and scoring ability that you look for in a point guard.

"I have a leadership role," Smith said when asked to describe his game. "It's not only scoring. I can score the ball for a point guard, but it's also about getting players involved and bringing energy."

Smith did just that this past weekend. The 6-foot guard is a future high major recruit and the type of guard that will have college coaches salivating when they see him this spring.

North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, North Carolina State and Memphis have already made contact with the 2016 guard. He took an unofficial visit to North Carolina State in the fall and also was at Virginia's elite camp last year.

"It was nice because I got to go the football game before I went to the exhibition," Smith said about N.C. State. "It was real nice."

"I liked the campus," he added. "When I went up there, there was a lot of hospitality. Everybody was cool. There were RV's and it was like a family experience."

North Carolina also recently reached out to his coach.

"I haven't talked to them yet," Smith said. "They called my coach. They are coming to Pitt next week."

"I like Carolina," Smith added. "Growing up everybody likes Carolina. It's either Carolina or Duke and I was Carolina. So I've liked them anyway."

Smith said he wants to take a few more visits in the near future.

"I know I want to visit State again and I want to visit Kentucky too and probably Florida," Smith said.

Smith and the Karolina Diamonds will play in the Pitt Jam Fest during the first evaluation weekend.


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