Smith -- one of the top high school basketball and football players in New Jersey -- is giving up his senior year at Lakewood to enroll at St. Benedict's prep school in Newark. Smith and his father, Earl, say the prep school will give him a better chance to be eligible to play college basketball at a prestigious school such as North Carolina, one of the marquee programs pursuing the 6-foot-6 swingman. ...
"It's tough to leave my teammates (at Lakewood), but it's all part of following the plan," J.R. Smith said. "Ever since I've been little, I've imagined myself putting on a Carolina jersey. This puts me closer to there or some other great school."
LINK: Carolina on his mind
IC's 2004 Target Profiles section