Recruiting never stops for any university and today the University of New Mexico hosted a pair of juniors for today's basketball game vs. the CSU Rams. While the Lobo basketball team didn't end up on the winning side of the game both young men were able to see a nice packed Pit and at times very vocal and excited even though the game a tough one.
The first player the Lobos had in today was 6-8 forward 210lb Marana Mountain View HS (Tucson AZ) post player Austin Smith.
Since the game we have been getting the lowdown from a few sources about Austin's game. Unfortunately, I only had a couple of minutes with Austin today but I did get in a few questions.
First what we are hearing from recruiting experts. This comes from PrepCA.com after the 2006 Arizona Fall Showcase
Austin Smith, 6-8 2008 Tucson, Marana Mt. View High School, has developed his upper body and skill set to make him a legit LM-Mid Major prospect if he continues to work. A surprise this week.
I asked Austin what he felt his strengths were as a player Smith said, "I think I do really well around the perimeter right now." Smith at this time in his young high school career he has opened eyes with his perimeter play. Smith has a nice shot and handles the ball well for his size. Smith can also knock down the 3-point shot.
A truly versatile big man… Yes that is right, Smith is also has a game down low at 6-8 he has the ability to block shots and post up for a shot as well, but according to Smith he says, "I feel that I have to work on my post play to be the all around D-I player. That is my goal right now."
Coach Mckay is trying to get in early on this young man and had him in for a visit this weekend. I asked him his initial thoughts of being recruited and his trip. "I love The Pit," exclaims Smith! "This place is amazing! I like the fact the fans are right on the floor and that they are really supporting their team. I also enjoyed my trip on the campus as well. The people have been really nice it has been great."
Austin Smith is a young man with some really good basketball in front of him. Early thoughts about this young man is that he might be one of the better players coming out of The Grand Canyon State in 2008. Some of the other schools currently recruiting Austin are UC-Irvine and Northern Arizona. As this young junior continues to open eyes look for that list to grow.