NC State lost star point guard Cat Barber to the NBA draft on Tuesday, but the Wolfpack has Dennis Smith, arguably the nation's top prep point guard in the 2016 recruiting class, enrolled and participating in offseason workouts.
|DENNIS SMITH JR.||COMPOSITE RANKINGS|
|Network/Ranking||2016 Overall Class Rank|
|Phenom Hoops Report||No. 5|
Smith is a dynamic playmaker who is expected to contribute right away for the Wolfpack. Scout.com currently has NC State's one-man 2016 recruiting class ranked No. 20 overall.
"Dennis Smith is an elite level talent in the 2016 recruiting class," said Scout.com Recruiting Director Evan Daniels. "He has good size for the position, to go with tremendous athleticism, a very quick first step and an impressive ability to not only score in spurts, but also distribute."
"Dennis Smith is one of the best talents at the point guard position in this loaded class," added Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "He is strong, extremely athletic, and has a gift for being able to score. While he definitely looks to score first, Smith also has the ability to pass and get others involved. Also in time Smith should be an excellent defender."
Not only is Smith outstanding on the court, but he's also strong in the classroom where he carried a 3.75 GPA in high school. That enabled him to enroll mid-year, and he has been able to rehab in preparation for next season. Mark Gottfried recently indicated that Smith has been cleared to return to the court, and here is a feature we did with him during the season.
"We're excited about Dennis," Gottfried said of Smith when he signed in the fall. "I'm thrilled because he's an electric kind of player. When I'm watching him, just as a fan, it's hard for me to take my eyes off of him. He's so athletic and makes great plays, athletic plays. He's a fun, fun player to watch. I think he's going to have a chance to make a big impact right from day one."
Here is a collection of highlights of Smith in action from his time on the AAU circuit and with Fayetteville (NC) Trinity Christian High School.