Darius Smith Gets Minnesota Offer

Darius Smith, a 6-foot-2 guard from Chicago (IL) Marshall, got a taste of Minnesota when he helped the Illinois Warriors to the Sabes Foundation title with a 107-72 win over STP Grassroots. He may have a chance to see more of Minnesota in the future as he received a scholarship offer from head coach Tubby Smith today. Golden Sports.Net caught up with Smith to learn the latest.

Darius Smith made my Sabes Foundation All-Tournament team and scored 17 points in their semifinals with a 74-64 semifinals win over the K.C. Pump N Run.

Smith has offers from Bradley, Loyola, Illinois State, DePaul, Baylor and most recently Minnesota. He is also hearing from Iowa, Richmond, Kentucky and Valparaiso.

"I got a call from coach Smith. He said that he had seen me in at least eight games. He said that he didn't want to beat around the bush and said that a scholarship with my name on it was available."

Smith said that he is not overly familiar with Minnesota.

"I caught a couple of games of TV. I know that he is a good coach and it is a good program."

Smith said that he is not sure of what schools he will visit this week.

"Not yet. I wouldn't know until maybe next week. I don't have a favorite and I plan on signing in the early period."

Smith has helped lead Marshall to third place finishes in the Class AA state tournament in 2006 and 2007 before claiming the Class 3A title (Illinois expanded to four classes last year) in 2008.

When I asked Smith what Marshall's record was last season, he said that he would have to look at his state championship ring.

"32-4."

Marshall got revenge by beating Simeon 69-61 in the title game. They had lost to eventual state champion Simeon and their star guard Derrick Rose the past two years. He was seven of eleven from the field and two of three from three-point range as he finished with 17 points and four rebounds against Simeon and star center Stan Simpson, who signed with Illinois after getting recruiting interest from Minnesota. Smith had seven points, eleven rebounds and five assists in their 63-57 win over Washington, which was led by Indiana signee Matt Roth.

Smith averaged 14.2 points per game this past season and is one of two returning scorers. He will take more of a scoring and leadership role with the loss of Ryan Hare, who inked with Southern Illinois.

Smith led Marshall to a 25-7 mark as a sophomore as he averaged 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Smith was a freshman starter for Marshall and had eleven steals in the third place game.

Smith said that distance will not be a factor in his college choice.

"It doesn't really matter."

Smith said that he has a 2.4 GPA and posted a 16 on his ACT.

"I didn't do so well. I plan to take it again."

Smith said that he hopes to major in architecture and that Coach Smith told him about his Minnesota architecture program.

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