INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - As the season got underway for many players in the past few weeks, 2015 center Derrik Smits had been sidelined with torn ligaments in his ankle after coming down awkwardly attempting a block during the fall.
After a few weeks of rest, which allowed the ligaments to heal, Smits was set to return to action and make his debut this past week as Zionsville (IN) High School hosted Brownsburg (IN) High School and 2015 4-star shooting guard K.J. Walton.
It was not the start that Smits had envisioned to his junior season. Zionsville fell to Brownsburg 42-39 and Smits struggled from the field. The junior scored just 2 points on 1/5 field goal attempts, missed his lone free throw attempt, and was held without a rebound in 20 minutes of action.
"Very rusty," Smits said, "I missed a lot of shots I need to make and I didn't rebound well."
While his season didn't start the way he wanted it to, Smits recruitment has continued.
A new school on his list is Gonzaga and Smits is excited to learn more about the Bulldogs. He hasn't planned a visit to check out Gonzaga yet, but is certainly intrigued.
"I've talk to a couple of coaches" Smits explained. "They really have gotten good results with their last couple of big guys (Robert Sacre, Elias Harris, etc.)."
One school missing from his list of school recruiting him the hardest is Butler. The Bulldogs were the first team to offer Smits a scholarship after Brad Stevens and the staff had hosted him during the spring.
"I haven't really been talking to them for a while," Smits said. "I'm still interested, we just haven't talked."
Smits and Zionsville will travel to play Hamilton Southeastern (IN) on December 20th, before hosting Anderson (IN) High School on December 21st and the Zionsville Holiday Tournament starting on December 28th.