J.R. Smith update

J.R. Smith's feelings haven't changed about North Carolina despite the hesitance to commit to the Tar Heels after finally being offered a scholarship earlier this month.

However, the St. Benedict's (N.J.) senior swingman said he plans on taking an official visit to Pittsburgh the first weekend in September so he can explore all his options.

"He feels the same way about North Carolina that he always has," St. Benedict's coach Dan Hurley said. "But he and his family are just trying to be intelligent with the decision. They are doing a good job of examining everything."

"You could see a decision shortly," added Hurley.

However, it's unlikely that a decision will come before mid-September, which is ideally when Smith would like to take an official visit to Chapel Hill.

"I haven't scheduled it yet, but it might be the weekend of September 12th," Smith said. "The only problem with that is that Coach (Roy) Williams might not be in yet."

Smith is currently attending the Five-Star Camp and will have a week or so to relax before starting back up at St. Benedict's on Sept. 3.

It's clear that Smith enjoys the attention given to him throughout the recruiting process and that could be one reason why he is dragging it out – despite the fact that he is heavily favoring UNC.

Another reason is that his parents both want him to make sure that Chapel Hill is the place for him and they want him to do that by comparing it to other campuses. Smith said he is also considering Syracuse and UConn, but it's clear that something major would have to happen for him not to commit to Williams and the UNC staff.

"I think Carolina's still pretty strong with him," added Hurley.


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