Kansas and UConn Top Smith's List

He put up big numbers at the Kingwood Classic, and according to Harrison Smith, the KU coaches are taking notice. More inside.

Harrison Smith, of Jones HS in Houston, TX., is starting to prove that he's quite a player and his AAU coach is backing him up.

Houston Swoosh AAU coach, Byron Smith, claims Harrison Smith is a top five player in the state of Texas, and it's not like the Longhorn state lacks talent. Darrell Aruthur, Damion James, Byran Davis, and Nic Wise all reside in Texas, so if Smith is that good, he has some pretty good company.

The stats make his case stronger as Smith averaged a double-double playing the two-guard spot this past high school season. He scored 23 points, grabbed 10 boards, and grabbed 6 steals per game.

In California for the Pangos All-American camp this past weekend, Smith played in front of multiple scouts and he put on a pretty nice display. In the Top 40 all-star game Smith scored 13 points, and averaged 13 a game during the camp.

After Pangos, Smith, hurried back to Texas to compete in the Great American Shootout where he poured in 34 points in the championship game of the shootout, held at College Station.

Coach Byron Smith raved bout his game and described him as a great shooter.

"He's two-guard, that's 6-foot-3 he's strong around the basket and a slasher," Coach Smith said. "He's a strong finisher at the glass, but has really become a big time shooter."

And while he is quite a player there are a few aspect of his game that need, a little work.

"He needs to work on his ball handling a little bit, and playing a little bit harder on every play, but you have yourself a hell of a player. He's real close to being complete from top to bottom."

It's apparent that Smith is no slouch and coaches are beginning to notice as Smith's recruitment is heating up. Smith said the schools chasing him are Texas, Texas A&M, Miami, Florida, Florida State, UConn, Wake Forest, and Kansas.

"I'm very interested in Kansas and UConn," Smith stated. "They are my top two."

"He's the type of player that can step in and player at either one of those schools, if they are fortunate enough to get him to go there," the Houston Swoosh coach stated.

While it is uncertain how much interest Kansas and UConn are showing Smith, they are recruiting him. UConn has even offered a scholarship, but it's unclear if they are pushing at this time. Teammate, DeAndre Jordan is being recruited by the same two schools as well, so that could be a factor.

"I like how their guards can get out and play," Smith said of Kansas. "It's also big time and close to home. And UConn is a winning program and I'm real cool with their coaches."

Another school that Smith is interested in is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are so appealing to him because of their former point guard.

"I watch them play, and how their guards go," the Jones HS product said. "I like how they pushed the ball with Chris Paul."

Smith is already qualified and carries a 3.7 GPA, and Coach Smith made it clear that academics will play a role in his guards' decision.

"Obviously he really focuses on his academics. So obviously a good academic situation so he can get a good degree. If he doesn't make it in the NBA, he can go out and work and get a good job," Coach Smith stated. "Academics will play a big part in it, but a situation that he could come in and play right away.

Smith said that he is no rush to make a decision and that he wanted to wait and take his visits before he pulls the trigger.


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