Unique Wing Headed To Big Ten

There aren't a whole lot of 6-foot-3, 210 pound guards out there in high school basketball. On Monday, Lenzelle Smith, one of the best in 2010 made his decision.

One of the most unique wings in the Class of 2010 opted to take his game to the Big Ten. Lenzelle Smith, a 6-foot-3, 210 pound guard committed to Ohio State after looking at Indiana, Virginia, Georgetown, Stanford, Illinois, Boston College, Marquette, DePaul and Notre Dame.

"When I went down there for my unofficial visit I knew it was the best place for me to become a better basketball player," Smith told Scout.com. "I know I can get a great education there. The basketball team also had a great impact on my decision. We have a chance to have the best class in the nation for 2010. But, the main part was my relationship with Coach Thad Matta and the staff."

Smith is one of those guys that you recruit, let him play with your team and figure out his role once the dust settles. A gifted passer, he's got a high hoop IQ and the ability to slide back and forth easily between perimeter positions while taking advantage of matchups. There might not be another player like him in his class. He's a big bodied wing who can moonlight as a point man or small forward.

"After talking to coach Matta he said that he sees me as a jack of all trades. He says I can shoot it on the wing and go to the point guard position. He can run back screens and allow me to set up on the block.

"I just play. Whatever it takes to get the win, that's what I'm out there for. If I have to set the screen or call out the screens I'll do that. If we need a big time bucket, I can do that too."

There may be no better testament to the player Smith is than his sophomore numbers. During the year, he accounted for 14 points and 7 boards. Once playoff time rolled around, those numbers jumped to 20 and 12.

Smith is ranked the No. 75 prospect in the country. He joins Jared Sullinger, Jordan Sibert, DeShaun Thomas and Cameron Wright in what will be a contender for the nation's top overall class.


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