"Tracy is good to go," said coach Fozard. ""We knew it all year long that he would be good to go, but now we know it for certain. He will head over there for the summer session later this summer."
Smith, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, averaged 24 points and seven boards as a senior. A four-star prospect, Smith was rated the No. 70 senior in the country by Scout.com. Coach Fozard believes his star player has what it takes to succeed at the next level.
"Tracy is a really good player," said Fozard. "Scoring... he's a good scorer. I think he'll fit in well to be honest with you. He still has some things to work on, he's got to get stronger, that's one thing in particular. Other than that I think he will fit in just perfectly."
A native of Detroit, Smith and his family were very familiar with Lowe once he arrived at NC State. The former Detroit Pistons assistant made Smith an early priority, and it paid off as the four-star prospect chose the Wolfpack over USC and Oklahoma State among others.
"Coach Lowe was a big factor for me," Smith previously told Pack Pride. "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."
Coach Fozard has also been impressed with the job Sidney Lowe and his staff have done in Raleigh.
"I think they've got a good staff," he stated. "They are good coaches and relate well with people. This will be their second year, and I think with the talent they are bringing in, they will build on last year.
"Recruiting-wise, I think they did good job of getting some top players. I think highly of their staff. I think if you can accomplish what they've done and win big games with the guys you have that says a lot. The sky is the limit for him and his program."
Coach Fozard stated that Smith has completed his final year at Mt. Zion and no longer needs to take the SAT or ACT.