Heels Offer Top 2016 PG

This spring Dennis Smith Jr. cemented his status as one of the top players in his class and, arguably, the best point guard in all of high school basketball. On Tuesday afternoon, he added another feather to his cap.

Smith picked up a UNC offer on Tuesday afternoon during an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, his father confirmed to Inside Carolina.

UNC and assistant coach C.B. McGrath first watched Smith as a freshman during the spring and summer evaluation periods in 2013. Williams's first viewing of the 6-foot-2, 175-pound lead guard came this past December.

A week later, Smith took his first unofficial visit to UNC. He watched the Tar Heels' 82-77 win over Kentucky in the Smith Center.

In late December, Williams got another look at Smith during the HighSchoolOT Invitational in Raleigh. A second unofficial visit to Carolina for Smith was supposed to occur in March, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

During this year's spring evaluation period, assistant coach Steve Robinson watched Smith and Team Loaded twice in Dallas.

Smith is the fifth class of 2016 prospect with a UNC offer, joining Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Seventh Woods and Edrice Adebayo.

By all accounts, UNC is recruiting Woods, a former AAU teammate and friend of Smith's, as a point guard, the same position Smith plays.

Smith told IC in December that he wasn't sure what impact Woods's offer would have on his level of interest in UNC.

"I'm aware they've offered him," said Smith. "But, if it came to him already being there and me getting an offer, it's always hard to turn down a school like North Carolina. North Carolina is North Carolina and they're always one of the best teams out there."

Smith reiterated his relationship with Woods at last week's NBPA Top 100 Camp, where the two spent a good deal of time together.

"Seventh, me and him are like brothers off the court," he said. "He'll come to my house or I'll go down there."

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