Smith, Mt. Zion Lose to Day, 62-56

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Tracy Smith might have won the individual battle, but Johnny Thomas and Greensboro (NC) Day pulled out the victory over Durham (NC) Mt. Zion 62-56 in the 5th Annual MLK North Carolina Scholastic Classic.

Tracy Smith might have won the individual battle, but Johnny Thomas and Greensboro (NC) Day pulled out the victory over Durham (NC) Mt. Zion 62-56 in the 5th Annual MLK North Carolina Scholastic Classic.

"I thought I played good," Smith said following the game. "We didn't play good as a team though. We had a problem staying focused in the game and our guards couldn't get going for us. I thought the other team played good."

Smith, a 6-foot-8 forward who has committed to NC State, entered the game as Mt. Zion's go-to player. Lining up across from him was Wolfpack signee Johnny Thomas, a 6-foot-5 wing that plays the post for Day.

"It was my first time seeing him play."
Smith did as much as he could for Mt. Zion. Unofficially, he tallied a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds on 10-of-14 shooting. Thomas totaled 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks on 3-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from the free throw line. Smith wasn't as familiar with Thomas as most would expect.

"I really didn't know who he was until my coach told me before the game that he was going to NC State," said Smith. "I thought he played good. It was my first time seeing him play."

Smith, who didn't ink with NC State this fall, has been a regular in Raleigh for Wolfpack home games, making the short drive from Durham.

"I've been to a few of the games," he said. "Coach Lowe is a good coach. When I watch him, I see that I can learn some new stuff and he can make me a better player.

"The fans are cool. Some of them will come up with an NC State hat on and start pointing at it... letting me know they want me to go there."

Why didn't Smith sign in the fall? He didn't want to get into specifics, but the top 50 prospect made it clear that Wolfpack fans shouldn't worry. He fully intends on playing at NC State next fall.

"I just committed to them, but I'm signing this year," he said. "I'm going to sign in the spring. No one else is talking to me... they know that's where I'm going to go.

"I just need to do what I've got to do."

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