Name: Tracy Smith
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
High School: Mt. Zion Christian Academy
NOTES: 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.
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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