Jalen "Sticks" Smith knows his first official visit

Five-star power forward Jalen "Sticks" Smith is the subject of a major recruiting battle, and schools remain very interested in him. Now he knows of one official visit.

It has been a good spring for Jalen Smith. The power forward from Baltimore has been very solid for Team Takeover averaging 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Now Smith is beginning to focus a little more on his recruitment with one official visit in mind.

"I have been playing well," said Smith of the spring. "I have had a bit of a hip injury, but I have been able to play through it, and as a team we are beginning to bond better and are playing well."


He continued, "I am working on getting stronger in the post. I am focused on getting better on the post on both offense and defense, and also I am focused on rebounding better and a little bit of my outside game as well."

On the recruiting trail numerous schools remain very interested in Smith.

"Maryland, Villanova, Syracuse, Arizona, Stanford, Florida, Miami, Wake Forest and several others are recruiting me hard," said Smith.

When it comes to visits, one is already in mind for Smith.

"My first official visit will be to Maryland in June," noted Smith. "After that I am not sure. I have to make decisions on where I want to go."

About the Terrapins in general, Smith said, "Darryl Morsell from my high school is going there, and they know I like to play with him a lot, so that is one of their main pitches to me. Also they have told me I could be a hometown hero and help them get to championships."

Another school likely to get an official visit is Villanova. The Wildcats have been very active recruiting Smith, and continue to be one of the schools near the top of his list.

"I just like how Coach (Jay) Wright treats his team," said Smith. "It is a big family. Even random people on campus are nice to coach and he treats everybody well. I like how he just treats everybody with respect and how the community really likes him."

The Syracuse Orange have a history of landing players from the Baltimore area, and Smith continues to be a focus for them.

"I like how Coach (Jim) Boehim treats his team well and how they are known for their 2-3 defense," explained Smith. "Once they get that going it is almost like they can’t be stopped."

Also Arizona is looking to come in and land Smith's commitment.

"Distance isn’t an issue for me," noted Smith of Arizona. "I like how they play and how they are intense on defense, and how it leads to their offense."

For now Smith says he is unsure of when he'd like to make his final college decision.

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