While this wasn't a championship situation, it was the adidas Superstar Camp All-Star game and the stage was set for Nolan Smith to shine amid the considerable spotlight in Suwanee on the camps final day.
A talented 6-foot-3 guard, Smith dictated the game's tempo from the opening tip, and his aggressive game plan proved tough for defenders to stop as he finished with a game-high 33 points.
"I was really aggressive from the beginning and I came out with the intentions to get the MVP," explained Smith, who will attend Oak Hill (VA) Academy next fall with friend and teammate Michael Beasley. "I wasn't trying to hold anything back. I'm trying to make a statement."
If making a statement was his goal, he made his point loud and clear. Smith missed just one shot in the game, earning MVP honors for his efforts.
His penetrating ability was on point all day, as he filled the lane and scored at the rim often. His jump shot was also on target, making four three-pointers in the contest as well.
One particular possession that typified his play came with less than six seconds remaining on the clock. Smith dribbled between his legs, twice crossed over the defender, then stepped back to knock down a deep, fading three at the half time buzzer. That's how it went for Smith the entire night.
adidas All-Star game MVP a lock for Louisville?
When asked if Louisville had the edge, Smith replied, "Yeah. When I go home the next couple of days I'm going to talk to my mom and try and make a commitment by the end of the summer."
Smith also said that his relationship with the coach and the atmosphere of the college would be the two biggest factors in his recruitment.