Smith Has Early Top Five

One of the top juniors in the state of Minnesota is Brandon Smith of Minneapolis Henry. Here's the latest on this outstanding small forward.

Brandon Smith enjoys the position he's in. The 6-5 junior small forward out of Minneapolis ranks as one of the best underclassmen in his state. With that distinction comes some pressure.

"There's nothing better than playing with a target on your back," Smith said. "You know everyone is going to play like it's a championship game. I like it though."

He likes it to the tune of 17.5 points a game but that's not what drives him. "Minnesota is about team ball and team ball wins games."

As much of a team player as Smith is, he's also not about to back down to an individual challenge. "I haven't run into anybody yet that took it me without me taking it back [at them]."

Smith aspires to play the small forward or shooting guard in college. In his words, his strength is "going to the rack and flushing." He knows there's much to work on in terms of rounding out his game.

His jumpshot needs to improve to take the next step as a prospect. "I'm getting up every morning and working on that issue. It's streaky still but I'll keep working on it and it'll be better by the summer. I don't take a lot of them but most of them I take I'll make."

Like many of his brethren, Smith envisions himself taking some visits this spring. He's interested in Oklahoma, Florida, Connecticut, Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Georgia in addition to hometown Minnesota.

At this point in the year, his top five reads Minnesota, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida and Connecticut. Coaches from Oklahoma, Illinois, Marquette, Iowa State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan and Minnesota have been in the gym to watch him.

Smith will take his game to the Reebok ABCD Camp in July and run with Team Minnesota.


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