The 6-foot-7 ½, 200-pound forward, who averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds last season as a senior at Summit High (N.J.), had an opportunity to play at West Virginia or Seton Hall – or redshirt at Georgia Tech or Wake Forest.
``I know I needed to mature as a person and as a player," Smith said. "I want to be able to balance my time – to do my homework, hang out with my friends and play basketball. I didn't do that at Summit."
``It just wasn't my time yet," he added. "I think it'll be my time in a year."
Smith said he'll take an official visit to West Virginia on Sept. 24 and will head to Virginia for the weekend of Midnight Madness on Oct. 15.
Smith one thing that recently motivated him was when he found out that his 890 SAT and 2.3 GPA wouldn't cut it to get into Georgia Tech.
``It was hard for me to realize that it wasn't good enough academically," Smith said. "But I was told that Georgia Tech was like the Princeton of the south and that put it into better perspective for me."
``The last quarter of school I got senioritis," he added. "It hit me. I saw other people doing it, but the difference was that I hadn't committed yet – and they did."