Smith's only focus is improvement

2015 Las Vegas (Nev.) small forward Ray Smith updated FOX Sports NEXT on the latest in his recruitment during the July evaluation period from Long Beach (Calif.)...

The recruiting process doesn't seem to be of much interest to Las Vegas (Nev.) small forward Ray Smith.

But the improvement process does.

The 2015 four-star recruit spoke with FOX Sports NEXT at Pangos Sweet 16 in Long Beach (Calif.) during the July evaluation period. While he was open about which schools are recruiting him, he was a pro about turning each question into an opportunity to talk about his game and his teammates.

Smith currently holds four offers including San Diego State, UNLV, Northern Arizona, and New Mexico. He said UNVL is undoubtedly recruiting him the hardest. "It's pretty nice, coming from where I am to have my city wanting me to play for them, it's an honor," Smith said, before adding that it's an honor to receive offers from the other schools as well. "It's great to have offers, but you can't lose the fact that you still have to work hard, they aren't given. It's pretty nice."

Smith says he's also receiving interest from Texas, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and that "most of the Pac-12" is showing interest.

At this point in the process, the 6-foot-7 170-pound small forward says there is no favorite. In fact, he doesn't even have a childhood favorite, growing up a fan of the NBA instead of the NCAA.

The soon-to-be junior doesn't know if he wants to stay close to home or go away for school, either, because for now he says he's only focused on improving his game. "I just focus on my teammates, getting them better," he said, "getting myself better. Really, just focusing on getting better. Applying it on the floor, addressing my weaknesses."

Keep it on FOX Sports NEXT for the latest on the recruitment of Ray Smith.

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