Dennis Smith thinks Cards offer 'coming soon'

Team Loaded (N.C.) 2016 guard Dennis Smith is having a banner spring and getting interest from a ton of schools, including Louisville. Smith believes an offer is coming soon from the Cardinals. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian 2016 guard Dennis Smith has had quite a spring.

The 6-foot-2 Smith has turned in several eye-catching weekends with Team Loaded (N.C.) and colleges calls have been coming in droves.

Smith said he's been getting "a bunch" of interest, including from schools coming at him the hardest like Virginia Commonwealth, Louisville, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan. He has offers from Kansas, N.C. State, Wake Forestm VCU, Charlotte and others.

"I've grown a bit and gotten stronger," Smith said. "But my game really hasn't changed much, I am just getting noticed more now. I think it's that and being put in the situation because I really haven't changed anything I'm doing."

Smith is averaging almost 20 points and eight assists in two weekends in the adidas Gauntlet. His first big weekend came in Dallas during the contact period and he followed that up with a big weekend last week in Indianapolis.

While he's ranked as a four-star and the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2016, Smith said he's still not satisfied with the ranking.

"I will always have a chip on my shoulder no matter how many offers I get," he said. "I just have that always with me."

Smith said U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson told him he was "getting ready to recruit me," before he left Indiana, so he started immediately when he arrived at Louisville. Smith talked recently to U of L coach Rick Pitino for the first time.

"We haven't really talked about basketball, they're just getting to know me," he said. "I believe of I went there it wouldn't just be about me playing basketball. It's like a family."

Smith said he "doesn't have a favorite" at this point and likely won't make a list of schools until this time next year. But he said he believes a U of L offer "is coming soon," and the Cardinals would be "near the top."

"They said they like guards they play tough and I was a good fit," he said. "The guards they've had are tough and scrappy. I think I can fit into that role.

"It's a great program, a great coach and they have great guards. So, it's good to be recruited by them, plus they're going to the ACC."


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