2006 Focus: Ramar Smith

Ramar Smith is making a transition this season at King High (Mich.). The junior guard will see the majority of his time at the point guard spot. He also told Scout.com who leads for his services.

Ramar Smith (Scout.com, No. 23) is a guy who has somehow managed to fly under the radar because of all the big-time frontcourt players in the junior class, but the 6-2, 190-pound scoring machine is anything but passive when it comes to his own game.

Smith, a junior at Martin Luther King High (Mich.), is a prolific scorer and is difficult to stop from getting to the basket. However, this year will be critical in his development as he attempts to make the adjustment to the point guard spot.

``He'll play a lot more at the one this year," King coach Benny White said. "Our team needs it. Also, if he has a future in this game, it's going to be as a point guard unless he shoots up overnight."

``I'm looking forward to getting the chance to play the point this year," Smith added. "I don't think it'll be hard because I've played it before."

Smith averaged 21.3 points a year ago and those numbers probably won't fall off too much even though he'll be asked to run the team this year and get his teammates involved.

``He's such a competitor and a big-play guy," said Durant Walker of The Family. "He loves the challenge of going up against great teams and great players. His greatest asset is his balance and deceptive speed and strength. He's super strong for someone his size, so his ability to finish and his body control are phenomenal."

Smith is also a standout football player who had four interceptions this past season, but he realizes his future lies on the hardwood and not the gridiron.

As for his recruitment, Smith isn't bashful in admitting that Cincinnati is the current leader.

``He (Bob Huggins) likes to get up and down the floor," Smith said.

However, Smith is still considering a handful of other schools – Uconn, Michigan State, Arkansas, Georgetown and North Carolina.

``I'm supposed to be going to see Arkansas play Kentucky at the end of the month," Smith added.


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