J.R. Smith gets his wish

Finally, J.R. Smith has received what he wanted from the basketball staff at North Carolina--a firm scholarship offer.

The extremely athletic wing from St. Benedict HS in Newark, NJ performed brilliantly this summer in front of the UNC basketball staff and IC has received confirmation that Roy Williams made the decision to offer the future McDonalds All-American a grant. Smith had stated publicly that if an offer was put on the table from UNC he'd take it.

"I think it's pretty safe to say that," replied Jimmy Salmon, head coach of the Tim Thomas Playaz, when asked to confirm the offer from Williams. "I haven't heard anything at this time about a press conference yet, but he has gotten the offer he wanted. And that's to the best of my knowledge."

Other sources close to the UNC program said Williams offered the athletic forward as much as two weeks ago, which IC has now confirmed.

Smith also lists UConn and Pittsburgh as his other possible college destinations. All other programs have been eliminated according to sources close to Smith.

"I think he was actually getting a little impatient waiting for the offer from Carolina," said one source, who asked not to be named, "but you know, some things are worth waiting for, especially when it's an offer from your dream school. North Carolina is [his] dream school."

Smith, who is a rising senior at St. Benedict Prep has a GPA of 2.7 and is expected to qualify for freshman eligibility.

"I don't think there's been a kid that has come out of that program that hasn't qualified," said Rob Matera of Hoopmasters.com. "J.R. will qualify. I don't think he has yet -- but he will."

IC has also confirmed that the basketball staff in Chapel Hill recently had requested Smith's transcripts. And when the interest reaches that point with the staff at UNC, an offer is usually on the way.

Stay tuned to Inside Carolina for the latest news on this situation as it unfolds. But as for now, Smith has his wish.


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