Major interest for Smith

Back at the CP3 skills session in August, Smith proved he could hold his own versus elite seniors such as Tyus Jones. Now, he's becoming a prominent performer in his own right.

For quickness, scoring ability and confidence, Junior Smith receives very high marks. The sophomore point guard plays with a comfort level that defies his age, and in part for that reason he has emerged as a national recruit from the 2016 class.

Smith showcased his shifty driving and explosive finishes this past weekend at the Phenom 150 Camp. There, and playing without teammate Kwe Parker, Smith enjoyed an opportunity to receive undivided attention. He arguably was the top prospect at the event, and his recruitment reflects growing admiration from college coaches.

"I'm hearing a little bit from everyone," Smith said. "Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, VCU …"

In terms of offers, Smith said that to this point the Rams and Charlotte are the only two programs to have extended a grant. Shaka Smart's program, in particular, has made a very strong impression.

"VCU is on me the most," Smith said. "I'm going to their first two home games this year, and I know they'll always be in mind when I'm thinking about my list."

He added that he doesn't plan to decide anytime soon, as he continues to attract interest and offers. He currently ranks No. 25 in the sophomore class overall and as the No. 6 point guard. That places him in very impressive company, and he said he realizes that his defense and strength must improve.


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