Smith Eying UNC Visit

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dennis Smith Jr. is seeing his recruiting stock soar this spring.

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity point guard is poised to climb the 2016 rankings after strong showings on the adidas and EYBL circuits.

On Friday night, Smith and his Team Loaded (N.C.) teammates matched up with Arizona commitment Justin Simon and Gamepoint in the second session of the adidas Gauntlet. Smith and his teammates walked away with a 73-71 win.

Through the first five games in the adidas Gauntlet -- before Friday's win -- Smith averaged 19.6 points, 7.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. The point guard has also shot 52 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point range and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

He claims scholarship offers from Charlotte, Kansas, N.C. State, VCU and Wake Forest, with interest this spring from Arizona, Duke, Louisville, Michigan and North Carolina.

UNC head coach Roy Williams viewed Smith multiple times this past season, though communication was limited. That appears to be changing.

"The (conversations with North Carolina have) been pretty good so far; it's starting to pick up," Smith said. "I'm supposed to take a visit sometime in June."

Assistant coach C.B. McGrath has been the point man on Smith.

. "He's a real cool guy," Smith said. "Real down to earth. So I enjoy talking to him and it's going to be nice to meet him face-to-face."

Smith is enjoying being recruited by the two in-state powerhouses in UNC and Duke.

"It's an honor being (recruited by Duke and North Carolina). They're two of the most prestigious programs in basketball," Smith said.

Smith recently picked up scholarship offers from Kansas and Wake Forest and he's been excited that schools are beginning to take notice of his play this spring.

"I've been playing the same way since I was little, it's just the exposure now and playing against better talent and playing in front of bigger names," Smith said. "It feels good. I knew eventually I would get my recognition but I didn't know that I would get it this early. I knew I would get it eventually."

College coaches can't contact Smith directly until June 15, so the recruiting floodgates aren't fully open just yet, but the guard knows that could change next month.

"It's not overwhelming yet because they can't call me, but I think that answer will change when June 15 comes around," Smith said. "I'm expecting a lot of schools to contact me (June 15). It'll be overwhelming then for sure."

In terms of the recruiting process, Smith is still in the exploratory phase of things, but he's begun to set some timeframes for the future.

"I probably won't be making a list until the middle of my junior year," Smith said.

Smith said he's looking for a couple of factors, but one reason he will look at a future program is the way the team plays on the floor.

"Style of play, mostly," Smith said of major factors in his recruitment. "It has to be a guard-oriented offense and a lot of pick-and-roll. That's what I'm accustomed to playing in, so a lot of pick-and-roll."

Even with all of the recent attention from college coaches and fans off his explosive mixtapes, Smith said he is focused on one thing every time he takes the floor.

"I'm a winner and I just like to win," Smith said.

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