Duke offers 2016's Dennis Smith, Jr

The offer list in the class of 2016 grew by one today as local standout point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. picked up a Duke offer while making an unofficial visit to campus.

Dennis Smith, Jr. becomes the third confirmed offer in the class of 2016 for Duke, joining Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. The 6-foot-2 point guard is currently ranked 25th in the country by Scout.com, though when the new rankings are released a large jump is expected.

The news was first reported by USAToday's Jason Jordan.

Smith is described by the Scout.com experts as "an explosive athlete who loves to attack from the baseline, plant and dunk with leaners not unlike a young Steve Francis. He changes speeds very well and uses fakes to lock defenders' knees, making him difficult to keep out of the lane. His agility is top-notch and he utilizes reverses cleverly to elude would-be shotblockers. Meanwhile, he's a true point guard who sees the entire floor."

That analysis seems to mesh well with Smith's self-evaluation which he provided to TDD:

"I'm a smart player, a leader, and I make contributions on both ends of the floor. I'm a winner and I try to make winning plays on both ends of the court. As a player, I'm a pretty balanced point guard, I had two games this high school season where I had 19 assists in each and then I had games where I scored 30 or 40 points, so I think I have a pretty balanced game overall. I started developing that approach when I was about 6 years old and actually, my pops used to get on me a lot and's been doing that even more the last 2 months to make sure I play the right way."

Prior to this latest visit, Smith had made two other unofficial visits to Duke, and each time the relationship with the coaching staff continued to evolve and grow. As did the recruiting pitch from the Blue Devils as head coach Mike Krzyzewski outlined his vision for and his program's need of Smith's skill set.

"He basically told me that 2016, that's the perfect year for me to go there because he said Tyus Jones, the point guard they have coming in this year, at most they think he only stays for two years, so he's not going to recruit a point guard in 2015 he said, which makes him believe he said that 2016 is the perfect year for me to come there."

Duke has also outlined how a player as explosive as Smith would be utilized, and it's much like a former Blue Devil played…one who was also in attendance this weekend.

"I've watched Duke since Kyrie Irving got there. He didn't play too many games, but when he played, he had a green light, Coach K gave him a green light for sure."

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