Missing In Action, But He Can Hoop

An injury has Shaunessy Smith on the shelf. The scoring wing won't be able to show what he can do this summer after surgery. The big questions is will someone warm up to him without seeing him in July?

His senior summer wasn't supposed to play out this way. If you're a Top 100 guy with the ability to play in a big league, typically you tour the nation and scan the stands to see who's watching you. For Shaunessy Smith, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County, it won't be that way.

"During the season I was playing with a torn ligament in my hip," Smith said. "I decided to get it fixed after the season. I'll probably miss the whole summer.

"I can't work out right now until after I do my rehab and stuff. It'll be about three weeks. If I'm able to I'll work out in July."

What this means is that Smith will be gone, but he shouldn't be forgotten. As a junior he pumped in 25 points, 7 boards and 3 assists a game. He's got a well-earned reputation for scoring the basketball.

Smith has suitors – Clemson and Mississippi State – but what he won't have is the chance to impress anyone else. "They can go by what they hear or maybe get some video or something," Smith said. "Tell them to look me up on Scout and watch some videos."

Kentucky and Oklahoma have begun calling. "Clemson is recruiting me real hard and Mississippi State. Those are the two that are on me the hardest right now,"

Smith said he intends to visit Clemson the final week of June. His high school coach played at Mississippi State so he's familiar with the Bulldogs.

With a fall decision in mind, Smith's mindset is to get healthy first. "Right now I'm just at home watching the playoffs."

Smith is ranked No. 67 in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com.

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