For a while, it seemed like the nation's top basketball prospects were rushing to get their recruitments over with at an early stage. However, many of the top players in the class of 2010 are shifting back to the old way of things and taking things a little slower. Among those taking their time is 6-foot-7 forward Roscoe Smith.
While the long and athletic Smith has moved on from Baltimore (Md.) Walbrook to mighty Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. for his senior season, his parents have been hosting college suitors at home while Smith visits with them at school.
"It's real important to me, my family and Roscoe," said Smith's father Brian Thompson. "We do it the old school way. We want to build relationships with these coaches. We want to get to know them. Roscoe really never had a dream school so as a family we had to take the time out to get to know them."
Given the level of programs that are chasing Smith, it isn't a surprise that Smith and his family would want to get to know them.
Among those in pursuit are Connecticut, Kansas, Duke, Maryland, UCLA, Georgetown, Kentucky and Billy Donovan's Florida Gators and they all like Smith's versatility and ability on the wing. Even if he hasn't played exclusively on the perimeter to this point in his career.
"His motor. His versatility. Just being a player. His main strength is being a versatile player and a skilled player," said Thompson of why coaches like his son. "That's where Oak Hill and coach Smith can help this year. He'll play the two slash three, probably most at the three."
While he commented that Billy Donovan was a "great guy", Thompson said that for now the family is avoiding speaking in detail about specific schools when it comes to Roscoe. For now, they are more concerned about figuring out how to narrow down the list of schools
"Roscoe's development, the academic part of the schools will be important," said Thompson of what is most important. "He hasn't decided yet, so we want to keep all options open."
Now that he's settled in at Oak Hill and with in home visits pretty much wrapped up, the next step for Smith is to set up official visits. Whether or not his recruitment goes into the Spring remains to be seen, but everything appears to be in order to move on with the next step.
"Right now we're working with Coach Smith to set those up," said Thompson of official visits. "We had to get everything set with the transcripts and paperwork of his transfer first. We hope to get the visits set soon and we can go from there."