"I don't think he's got anything to worry about"

When J.R. Smith was in the middle of a conversation with North Carolina coach Roy Williams on Friday, Ida Smith watched her son's jaw drop.

"I could tell then that they had offered," Ida Smith said. "His mouth flew open and he was speechless."

But the 6-5 swingman from St. Benedict's (N.J.) wasn't so overcome with emotion that he was unable to put everything in perspective. Instead, he told the Tar Heels new boss that he'd need some time to mull over his decision.

"I didn't accept," Smith said. "I have to make sure it's where I want to go. I know it's only a verbal commitment, but I know I'll go there if I accept. If I go somewhere, I want to play. I want to take some time and make sure I go to a school where I can play."

"I don't think he's got anything to worry about," Smith added about his eventual commitment to Williams and the Tar Heels. "North Carolina is still my dream school."

Smith has already spoken at length with his parents, but he'll need to sit down with his AAU coach, Tim Thomas Playaz boss Jimmy Salmon, before making his decision final.

"We've talked about it, but we haven't really sat down and got into it for hours," Smith added.

Smith plans to talk to Salmon when the AAU head man returns from a family reunion and then make a decision within a week or two.

Smith, who will begin his final year of high school at St. Benedict's on Sept. 4, said that both Pittsburgh and N.C. State are still under consideration. Both his mother and Smith would ideally like for him to take an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh, but that may not happen when it all comes down to it.

"I'd actually like to see him take a few visits," Ida Smith said. "But I love Carolina. It's pretty and we've been there twice already."

Smith has made no secret of his admiration of the Tar Heels program. He, like so many others has idolized Michael Jordan.

"He's loved North Carolina for a long time and everything is Carolina Blue," Ida Smith said. "He's got two decals on his window. One of North Carolina, which has been there for about 12 years, and the other is of the Dallas Cowboys. For them (UNC) to offer is a dream come true for him."

Now it's just a matter of time before that dream turns into reality.

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