Duke Still An Option For Dennis Smith?

After earning a commitment from Derryck Thornton, is 2016's Dennis Smith still a possibility? And just how serious is Smith about the package deal with Harry Giles? We found out this week.


INDIANAPOLIS -- With the recent reclassification and commitment of five-star point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. to Duke, the Blue Devils look like they've locked up their point guard of the future.

So where does that leave things with five-star Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith and the Blue Devils? The North Carolina native spoke to TDD at the adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis and said that he'll be keeping an eye on how things play out at Duke next season.

"I wouldn't say if affects my interest but I'll definitely watch them next year and see how that plays out and how I'll be able to fit with another point guard like that," Smith said of the point guard situation at Duke.

Smith has played in the same backcourt as Seventh Woods before and saw how well Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook played together for Duke last season, so he's willing to take a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the Blue Devils recruiting him.

But for the spring, recruiting isn't really a focus for Smith. He's focused instead on improving his game and going through the spring and summer in the high-level adidas events.

"All I can tell you is my in-home visits begin in the fall," Smith said of his recruitment.

While Smith isn't saying very much about the schools recruiting him, he is talking with another Duke target about potentially playing together in college. Class of 2016 power forward Harry Giles also hails from North Carolina and has discussed playing together with Smith at the next level.

"We talk about it pretty often. Harry's my guy, he's from North Carolina, so we talk about that a lot. It's a possibility," Smith said of the duo playing together.

As for the spring with Team Loaded, Smith is trying to prove that he's one of the elite guys in the country. He's prepared for all comers and won't back down from a challenge.

"I love it man. I know everybody is gonna be coming at me but you know I gotta no nonsense approach to the game," Smith said. "If you're gonna come at me I'm coming with my 'A' game."

Smith led Team Loaded North Carolina to the title at the adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis stop and he'll also participate in adidas Nations events throughout the spring.


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