Name: Tracy Smith
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
High School: Mt. Zion Christian Academy
NOTES: Last Wednesday night Tracy Smith gave the Reynolds crowd a glimpse of what to expect when he enrolls at NC State next season.
In front of a crowd of Wolfpack faithful that included NC State coach Sidney Lowe, the senior Wolfpack commit from Mount Zion showed that he can put points on the board.
"It felt good," Smith said. "I'm just getting myself ready, showing the NC State crowd what I can do. I'm looking forward to coming here and playing."
Mount Zion lost to American Christian by a 81-70 score in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, but Smith still managed to leave an impression on the Pack fans that came out to get a look at the senior forward. Smith led the Warriors with 26 points and five rebounds, looking determined on the offensive end – attacking the basket, drawing fouls and grabbing boards.
Smith, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, committed to NC State this fall over offers from USC and Oklahoma State. He has yet to sign a letter-of-intent, but he plans on inking with the Wolfpack this spring.
Smith is the star for this year's Durham (NC) Mt. Zion Academy team. He is averaging 24.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and two blocks as Smith is shooting an astounding 79 percent from the floor.
A consensus top 50 player, Smith is rated the No. 13 power forward prospect in the country by Scout.com. The network has also tabbed Smith a four-star prospect and the No. 45 player overall in the class of 2007.
SCOUT QUOTE: "He's lost over 50 pounds and man he looks good," Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep said of Smith while watching him in Las Vegas. "He's gone from high-major recruit because of his size and reputation to a guy the high-majors want to play an integral part on their team. While his waistline shrunk his game expanded and now he's a threat to face or post up with equal success."
"Tracy Smith had one of the most productive summers of any big in the South," Telep added. "It began at Reebok and then in Vegas with the Georgia Hurricanes he was outstanding. The single biggest reason for the spike in his play was that he committed himself to conditioning, shed the weight and his game expanded exponentially. It's a real credit to his commitment to the game. He'll rank in our Top 100 the next time around."
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