Roosevelt Smart enjoyed a good freshman season with the Palatine varsity.
"I was a starter as a freshman. I think I averaged 10-12 points a game."
The team didn't fare well this past winter, but Smart feels his experience this summer with the Illinois Wolves 15U team will help both him and his high school team.
"We didn't really do so good. We were like 3-25, but after running with the Wolves, next year I should be able to help my team win.
Palatine could become a force as he and a couple young teammates continue to mature.
"We have two more freshmen that are going to play varsity next year, so I'm looking forward to the future very much."
The 6'-1" shooting guard must share the limelight on the Wolves with several other talented guards including Prentiss Nixon, Jordan Ash and Glynn Watson. He isn't as big a scoring threat right now, but he has excellent upside.
"My defense is my strength, and my rebounding. I need to work on my scoring a little bit, but that will come."
He has a nice stroke on midrange and three-point shots, but he often puts team ahead of self and doesn't shoot that often. He may be a late bloomer who asserts himself more as he gets older. He will likely continue to grow taller and evolve his game, and he feels the Wolves will help that cause.
"The Wolves's coaches always do what's best for the team. They work us hard, and it benefits us all a lot. So it's a good program for us, and we win."
Has Illinois contacted him yet?
"I have not yet heard from Illinois coaching staff, but my mom has."
That may change as John Groce and his staff have a chance to evaluate the 2015 class more. When advised of Groce's preferred offensive and defensive style, he feels it fits his game.
"We like to get out and run, so that's good. And we like to step up the defensive end and get stops, and get offense from our defense."