Smits Making Name for Himself

Class of 2015 center Derrik Smits, Zionsville (IN) High School, is playing for Spiece Indy Heat and beginning to gain interest on the recruiting trail.

Derrik Smits has big shoes to fill as he heads to the next level, both literally and figuratively.

Smits' father, Rik Smits had an impressive career at Marist College and became the 2nd Overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft.

The 7-foot 4 center went on to play 12 season for the Indiana Pacers, averaging 14.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Derrik, a 6-foot 11, 225 pound sophomore center with a wing-span of 7-foot 1, has been playing well this summer and has started to make a name for himself.

"I shoot the ball well and can pass well," Smits told IDP. "I need to get better at rebounding."

Smits is getting interest from Butler, Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, Boston College, Notre Dame, and Michigan.

"Butler, Boston College, and Xavier are recruiting me the hardest," Smits said. "I really liked all the schools so far. I have really liked all the coaches I have talked to so far."

While Smits has grown up in Indiana, there were three schools he has followed.

"I followed IU, Butler, and Texas growing up," Smits said. "My family used to go to Texas every year, so I fell in love with the state."

Despite Zionsville finishing 11-11, Smits continued to receive interest, especially from Butler.

"Brad Stevens was at a few of my games for Zionsville and he has been at a couple tournaments watching us," Smits explained. "I mostly have talked to Coach Stevens, but I have talked to a lot of the coaches. I love the coaching staff there. They are all great coaches and fun to be around, but the also work their guys very hard."

Coach Stevens has made an impression on the 2015 center.

"I think Brad Stevens is a great coach and he really knows how to develop players on and off the court."

While Smits' decision is a while away, he does have an idea of what the school he picks and basketball program will look like.

"I want a school where I fit into the program and that has good academics," Smits said.

Smits and his family do not have any visits planned yet for the summer, but he hopes to get some planned soon.

Spiece Indy Heat and Smits are off to Minneapolis next week.


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