"We support Tracy in this decision," said head coach Sidney Lowe. "This is a great opportunity available to college players, and we support Tracy in taking advantage of it. It provides a good experience for them to see what areas of their game need improvement."
Last season Smith was named to the All-ACC second-team, the highest Pack finisher since Julius Hodge in 2005. He led the Pack in scoring (16.5 ppg) and in rebounding (7.3 rpg), and led the ACC in field goal percentage (.654) for the season.
Smith also was named to the ACC All-Tournament second-team, and was named MVP of the Glenn Wilkes Classic when the Pack won the event in November.
"I love playing basketball at NC State, but this would be a win-win situation for me if I am able to take advantage of it," said Smith. "This would give me a great opportunity to see where I stack up against other NBA prospects."
Underclassmen who have declared for the draft, but have not hired agents, have until May 8 to withdraw their names from consideration and retain their eligibility.