Five-star Javonte Smart continues to be a top priority

Five-star guard JaVonte Smart continued to be one of the most talented prospects in the class, and showed why coaches are tracking his every move at the EYBL.

One of the most complete guards this spring has been JaVonte Smart. Smart is averaging 13.6 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Houston Hoops while leading them to a 5-3 record in the EYBL. Smart has had that success with a host of coaches looking on.

"The spring is going well," said Smart. "We have  played pretty well as a team. It has been up and down, but overall I think it has gone well."

He continued, "I am focused on being a better leader and just being a more consistent and better overall with my game."

For the most part Smart has been quiet about his recruitment, but he has noticed several colleges as frequent visitors at his games.

"LSU, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and a lot of others have been to my games," said Smart.

It is no surprise that new LSU boss Will Wade made Smart an immediate priority.

"I talked to (Wade) on his first day he was allowed out," noted Smart. "He came to my high school and talked to my coach, my mom, and myself. He is a young guy who is all about winning, and I like winning to so we hit it off."

Kentucky is another school that has been recruiting Smart for a long time, and he continues to be in contact with John Calipari and the staff in Lexington.

"It is good with Kentucky," said Smart. "Coach Calipari just tells me to keep working and to be the best player I can be, and to focus on that and everything else will fall into place."

Also during his tenure Scott Drew has had a lot of success recruiting in Louisiana, and he is hoping to continue that with Smart.

About the Bears, Smart said, "I have a good relationship with them and they are a real good program. I like the coaching staff there and they talk to me and my mom a lot."

For now Smart says the next step is to take official visits, but he has nothing set on that front yet.

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