Cards make move on top '16 guard

Dennis "Junior" Smith said Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson was recruiting him when he was at Indiana and has now Smith thinking about the Cardinals. Smith had a huge weekend last week in Dallas and is getting more interest.

One of the first calls Kenny Johnson made when he took the assistant coaching job at the University of Louisville was to one of the top 2016 standouts in North Carolina.

Dennis "Junior" Smith, who is ranked No. 26 in the Class of 2016, had been hearing from Johnson when he was an assistant at Indiana.

"He said he was at Louisville now and they wanted to recruit me," Smith said. "I like him, he's a good guy. Louisville's a great school.

"They won a national championship, so they have one of the top programs."

Smith already has offers from Kansas, VCU and North Carolina State and that list is likely to grow after his showing last weekend at the adidas Gauntlet in Dallas. He also has serious interest from Duke and North Carolina.

Playing for Team Loaded, Smith averaged 19.6 points, 7.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals a game and his team went 5-0.

"I played pretty good," he said. "There are still things that I can improve on. But I think I played pretty good."

A 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard, Smith said he would take a close look at U of L for several reasons, including a move to the ACC.

"I like they are going to the ACC next year," he said. "That's a big consideration to look at for me and I like how they use their guards.

"Coach (Rick) Pitino, he's one of the greatest coaches in basketball. So, there's a lot to like (with Louisville)."

Smith is from Fayetteville, N.C., and attends Trinity Christian School.


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