Smith Enjoys Official Visit To Duke

In mid-January Nolan Smith made a commitment to Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke program, this past weekend the 6-3, 175-pounder traveled to Durham, NC, to make his official visit.

"It's going real good," Smith said by phone Saturday night. "I got to watch a practice and got a feel for their offense and how they play defense. I feel real comfortable being able to come in and fit in."

While a few programs were having extravagant midnight madness festivities on Friday, the Blue Devils went right to work with a grueling practice. Smith attended and he liked what he saw.

"They just had a practice, a nice three hour practice. They definitely got after it. Everybody plays hard. There are a bunch of hard working guys there. I feel like I can come in and work as equally as hard."

Smith said Steve Smith's practices at Oak Hill are similar to Duke's and he thinks he'll be able to slide right in and make an impact as a freshman.

"I do, mainly because I can pick it up full. The way they play defense and he always comments about my on the ball defense. He lets his guards basically be free on offense. That's my style of play right there."

"At Oak Hill we run a lot of hand offs and guard to guard handoffs. Big men coming off ball screens and the practices are similar. Coach Smith runs a good practice. Coach Smith has really prepared me to go into Duke and feel comfortable."

After watching a practice and hanging out with the team, Smith got to spend some time with Coach K. On Saturday Smith went to Coach K's house for a team dinner and the two got a chance to have a one-on-one chat.

"Me and him went off by ourselves and talked and he asked me if I saw myself fitting in. He said that me being able to play the one and the shooting guard position is going to help me when I come in and being able to just get on the floor right away."

Along with Smith, Duke's second commitment for the 2007 class is Taylor King. However the Blue Devils are still in the mix with Kyle Singler and Patrick Patterson. Smith got close with Singler over the summer and he thinks the Blue Devils have a great shot at reeling him in.

"They have a real good chance with Kyle. I spent a lot of time with Kyle this summer. The last four days of the summer in New York and the USA team we were together for almost a whole month. We just kept getting closer and closer over the summer. Right now he's at Kansas, but I think he's going to see that Duke is the place to be. Its family oriented and he's a team player."

With his visit behind him Smith is now focused on the upcoming season at Oak Hill. Last season they finished 41-1, losing in its last game of the year. According to Smith they start out with over a dozen home games. Their first game is on the 27th against Laurinburg.

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