Darius Smith will get home visit from Tubby

Darius Smith, a 6-foot-3 guard from Chicago (IL) Marshall, who took an official visit to Minnesota this past weekend, will get a home visit from Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith Thursday. Smith received a scholarship offer from Smith in August and Minnesota is considered his favorite school.

Darius Smith 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 as they finished 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 7 of 11 from the field and 2 of 3 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, 11 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 11 steals in the third-place game.

Smith has offers from DePaul, Marquette, Minnesota, Bradley, Loyola (Chi.), Iowa State, and Oregon State.

"Minnesota and Bradley are recruiting me the hardest," Smith told Greg Ohlson of CycloneSportsReport.com. "I would say Bradley has been on me the longest and they have been at all my games."

Smith told Steve Newhouse of the DePaul and Northern Illinois site recently that Minnesota is his favorite school.

Smith previously told GoldenSports.Net that distance will not be a factor in his college choice.

"It doesn't really matter," he said.

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

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

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