Smith Ready to Sign

Durham (NC) Mt. Zion standout Tracy Smith will make his commitment to NC State official this week, as the spring signing period starts on Wednesday.

Durham (NC) Mt. Zion standout Tracy Smith will make his commitment to NC State official this week, as the spring signing period starts on Wednesday.

Smith verbaled to the Wolfpack in the fall, but he did not sign during the early signing period. He has until May 16th to sign, but don't expect Smith to wait too long.

"I'm probably going to sign the first day of the signing period," Smith said. "If I don't the first day it will be the second. I'm still going to NC State.

"I talked to coach Lowe probably three or four days ago. We just talked about me signing and the NCAA Clearinghouse."

Smith stated that he will be qualified to enroll this fall, but he still will take the SAT again later this month.

"I'm positive I'm going to make it in," said Smith. "I'm going to take it this last time coming up... on the 12th, but I'm not worried. My GPA is good, and I'm just ready to get started with college."

"Coach Lowe was a big factor for me."

A native of Detroit, Smith and his family were very familiar with Lowe once he arrived at NC State. The former Detriot Pistons assistant made Smith an early priority, and it paid off as the top 50 prospect chose the Wolfpack over USC and Oklahoma State among others.

"Coach Lowe was a big factor for me," said Smith. "I thought about how he could make me better and help me get to the next level, and I was already in the state. I knew I wanted to stay in North Carolina to play ball, and NC State was a good place for me.

"Coach Lowe told me he wants me to work on my ballhandling and my jumpshot so I can play the three and the four when I get to NC State. I think that is probably better for me. Post players in the NBA are 6'10 or 6'11, and I'm only 6'7 so I've got to work on that."

Smith had a huge senior season. Playing for Mt. Zion, the 6-foot-7 combo forward averaged 26 points and nine rebounds playing some of the best competition in the country. A multi-skilled player, the talent he faced in high school and on the AAU circuit should have him prepared to make an instant impact once he arrives at NC State.

"It helps me that I played for Mt. Zion," said Smith. "We played some tough teams and some tough players, and I think I did good against them.

"The toughest guy in AAU was [Oklahoma signee] Blake Griffin. I played against him in Houston. He's just a big, strong dude.. he's athletic. He's a good player."

A frequent visitor at NC State home games, Smith followed the Wolfpack's first season under Lowe. He believes that with the returning players and the incoming recruiting class, NC State has a chance to be a contender in 2007-2008.

"My goal is to win a national championship."

"I think they did good," he said. "At the end, I wish they would have went even deeper than they did, but I think they had a pretty good season.

"I think we're going to have a good frontcourt. J.J. and I can play good together, and we have the other two [big men] coming back. We're going to be unstoppable."

After making his commitment official, Smith will complete his senior year and hopes to enroll at NC State this summer. He has one goal in mind when he enrolls in Raleigh.

"I'm probably going to go to the second summer session," said Smith. "I'm ready to play on TV and just get started with my college life.

"My goal is to win a national championship. Winning a national championship looks fun and exciting. I want to go to NC State and win one of those."

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