Roy Williams Visits Dennis Smith

For a few hours on Monday, it was safe to call Fayetteville, N.C. the college basketball capital of the world.

Trinity Christian, home of point guard Dennis Smith, held its annual college day and high-major programs came out to see – and be seen by – the No. 7 overall player in the class of 2016.

The head coaches of all four in-state ACC schools – Mark Gottfried, Mike Krzyzewski, Danny Manning and Roy Williams – were in attendance. Both Duke and UNC sent three members of their coaching staffs.

“It was great,” Smith said of the experience. “I’m just really appreciative that all those coaches took the time out to see me. We only get one day to do this, so it was great. It was really good for all the other players on my team who don’t have the exposure I do. Some of the smaller schools came out too to see them.”

UNC has been after Smith since offering him a scholarship during an unofficial visit in June. He says the Tar Heels are doing a “great job” recruiting him.

“When I talk to UNC, I’m usually talking through (assistant coach) C.B. McGrath -- because coach (Roy) Williams) doesn’t like to text or talk on the phone,” he joked. “They’ve done a great job of staying in contact with me overall.”

During those conversations, UNC has a simple message for Smith.

“Basically, they tell me that I’m their guy,” he said. “They hear me say I want to play a fast tempo a lot. So, they show me some interesting stats. They are a lot of times the top scoring team in the country, so it sounds like a team that will fit my style.”

UNC would like Smith’s friend and former teammate Seventh Woods to join him in the Tar Heels’ backcourt in the fall of 2016.

“They’re still talking about it,” explained Smith. “I talked to them today before the scrimmage and they mentioned Marcus Paige and Nate Britt playing in the backcourt together. They definitely want us both. We just like to have a good time with it (on social media), but we’re definitely going to think about it.”

Smith said he’s considering attending “Late Night with Roy” on Friday and would make a decision midway through the week. If he isn’t able to attend, he plans to get to Chapel Hill during the season.

“They gave me a schedule of their season and told me to come to whatever game I want to,” he said. “I plan to make a couple, but I’m not sure which ones yet.”

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